Literary Wit

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University of Massachusetts Press, 2000 - 181 pages
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"To develop this new approach, Michelson explores Mark Twain's Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar and Oscar Wilde's "Preface" to The Picture of Dorian Gray. He also offers the first extended discussion of two celebrated recent dramas - Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning Wit - as well as insightful readings of major poems by Richard Wilbur. He concludes with a suggestive look at the contemporary revolution in cognitive science and its implications for our understanding of the comic dimension in modern literature."--BOOK JACKET.

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In our historical moment flush with Seinfeldian irony, wit seems a perfect antidote to resigned cynicism or sclerotic habits of thought. Michelson (English, Univ. of Illinois), the author of books on ... Read full review

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In our historical moment flush with Seinfeldian irony, wit seems a perfect antidote to resigned cynicism or sclerotic habits of thought. Michelson (English, Univ. of Illinois), the author of books on ... Read full review

Contents

A Calendar and a Preface
37
Tom Stoppards Arcadia and Poems of Richard Wilbur
73
Wit Wyt and Modern Literary Predicaments
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