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A Certain Laughter: Sherwood Anderson's Experiment in Form

A Certain Laughter: Sherwood Anderson's Experiment in Form <jats:p> Judith Brown (Indiana University - Bloomington) reads Sherwood Anderson's 1925 novel “Dark Laughter” in the context of the explosion of theoretical treatments of laughter that emerge in the early 1920s in the traumatic wake of the Great War. Recuperating the disruptive potential of modernist laughter, Brown reads the novel through the scene of redemptive collective laughter that concludes Preston Sturges' film “Sullivan's Travels” (1941). Whereas Sturges offers the salve of a collective laughter as a fantasy of nondifferentiation from laughing others, Andersons dark laughter preserves the uncertain play of difference, undermining the alleged superiority of the laughter. </jats:p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

A Certain Laughter: Sherwood Anderson's Experiment in Form

Modernist Cultures , Volume 2 (2): 138 – Oct 1, 2006

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press, 2010
ISSN
2041-1022
eISSN
1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/E2041102209000240
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Abstract

<jats:p> Judith Brown (Indiana University - Bloomington) reads Sherwood Anderson's 1925 novel “Dark Laughter” in the context of the explosion of theoretical treatments of laughter that emerge in the early 1920s in the traumatic wake of the Great War. Recuperating the disruptive potential of modernist laughter, Brown reads the novel through the scene of redemptive collective laughter that concludes Preston Sturges' film “Sullivan's Travels” (1941). Whereas Sturges offers the salve of a collective laughter as a fantasy of nondifferentiation from laughing others, Andersons dark laughter preserves the uncertain play of difference, undermining the alleged superiority of the laughter. </jats:p>

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2006

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