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The Alchemy of Laughter

Comedy in English Fiction

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 1-20
  3. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 21-41
  4. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 42-60
  5. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 61-83
  6. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 84-102
  7. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 103-126
  8. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 127-148
  9. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 172-196
  10. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 197-237
  11. Glen Cavaliero
    Pages 238-245
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 246-255

About this book


This is the only contemporary critical study to discuss the nature of comedy with exclusive reference to novels. It examines the comic styles of novelists from Fielding and Jane Austen to Waugh and Agnus Wilson, as well as less familiar writers such as Ronald Firbank and Sylvia Townsend Warner. Distinguishing between different kinds of humour, it shows how comedy works in practice under changing literary, social and environmental conditions, and is designed to interest academic and general readers equally.


Comic fiction humour Jane Austen novel

About the authors

Glen Cavaliero is Fellow Commoner of St. Catherine's College and a member of the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge.

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