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Contents Acknowledgments ÊÊ9 Introduction: Aims and Terms Ê13 1. From Classical to Modern: The Arc from Ethical to Social Conceptions Ê23 The Classical Attitude 24 The Renaissance Attitude and After 31 Early Modernist Theory 42 Theory and Resistance 55 2. The Dominant Modernist Conception of Comedy: Premises and Elisions Ê64 Modernist Residua of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 66 The Dominant Satiric, Neo-Aristotelian View 83 The Legacy of the Dominant Through 2000 98 3. The Late Modernist Conception of Comedy: Premises and Elisions 109 The Emergent Populist Theory 110 The Comic Hero and Modernist Legacies 120 4. Twin Modernist Elisions 143 The Slippage between Neo-Aristotelian and Populist Views 143 Elision in Theory: The Medieval Fool Tradition 150 Fooling Theory 162 5. The Interlude of Postmodernist Conceptions 173 Late Century Overview 174 The Ludic Terrain of Postmodern Theory 193 6. Comedy in Contemporary Thought 205 The Butts of Subjectivity 205 The Butts of Reason 217 The Return of Systems and Aesthetics 232 Epilogue: The Contemporary Idea of Comedy 247 The Contemporary Retrospective 247 The Idea of Comedy 253 Comedy as an Idea 259 Reference List 266 Index 279
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Comic, The, in literature.
Comedy -- History and criticism.