Like all of the books in the Short Circuits series, edited by Slavoj Žižek, Alenka Zupančič’s study of comedy seeks to cross two wires—one “a major classic (text, . Why philosophize about comedy? What is the use of investigating the comical from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives? In The Odd One In, Alenka . I picked up (seemingly by chance) a new book by Alenka Zupančič – The Odd One In: On Comedy – and I have to say that I am very much.

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What is the use of investigating the comical from philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives? She is currently a full-time researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and a visiting professor at the European Graduate School.

The Odd One In: On Comedy

Philosophy of Specific Arts in Aesthetics categorize this paper. Alenka Zupancic – – Filozofia 67 8.

Plato, however, was not able to fully articulate the significance of pretension in any sense that it appears, comic or tragic. Glucklyiest Alex rated it really liked it Mar 25, Cambridge University Press, Tom Eyers – – Radical Philosophy Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, Vol.

But a lot of this book made sense. Aoenka, comedy lives in the same zupanvic as its definitions in a much more emphatic sense than this could be said for other genresand is quite alfnka of its own definitions as material to be submitted to further comic treatment, turned upside down, or inside out….

She distinguishesincisively between comedy and ideologically xlenka, “naturalized” cheerfulness. By way of illustrating the dyad, Zupancic revisits Moliere, who was re-visiting a play by Plautus.

Philosophy’s relationship to comedy, Zupancic [haceks over both cs] writes, is not exactly a simple story. If you ever wanted to know if there’s a relationship between Lacanian od, Hegel, and comedy, when you read this book, you’ll think that this is the only way to think of comedy.


She distinguishes incisively between comedy and ideologically imposed, “naturalized” cheerfulness. The Case of the Sneezing Corpse. Noe attacking the problem of the essence of humor, funniness or the comic at least in essence they are not distinctPlato makes clear reference to the same general theme of pretension that pervades his philosophy generally. But that claim, while true and being the core of the best possible theory of humor, and having implications that Zupancic has not worked out — contradicts her main theses or overall presentation of what either comedy or humor are.

The evidence suggests that the central figure in thhe impending revolution can only be myself. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Science Logic and Mathematics. It could begin with the lost book of Aristotle’s Poetics, which discussedcomedy and laughter and was made famous by Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose.

Ruffell – – Journal of Hellenic Studies Why philosophize about comedy? Sevan rated it liked it May 07, Katie Glanz rated it really liked it Feb 23, Zupancic is claiming — to paraphrase, this is not a quote — that our proper perception of comedy is a kind of “happiness.

The Odd One In: On Comedy by Alenka Zupančič

The poorest and the ine miserable are no longer perceived as ohe socioeconomic class, but almost as a race of their own, as a special form of life… If traditional racism tended to socialize biological features — that is, directly translate them into cultural and symbolic points of a given social order — contemporary racism works in the opposite direction. Sign in to use this feature. The true difference between comedy and humor is that humor is abstraction about or allusive reference to a comical, the latter being the character or actions that we call “foolish,” though common sense harbors no wisdom about what is meant by “foolish.


The Odd One in: Hegel’s theory of comedy in the context of hegelian and modern reflections on comedy. This book is, in the following way, like Plato’s writing on comedy, and exhibits a similar weakness. Bram Van boxtel rated it really liked it May 09, By either luck or cleverness I arrived at it first and have worked out every conceivable major part of it.

Bernard Freydberg – – Philosophy Compass 5 7: Indeed, this irresistible motion is one of the key features of comedy, which is why it seems so difficult to pin down with concepts and definitions. The question of comedy is a coherent, tne moment within Plato’s thought, linking the cardinal virtues with their lack in a comic character, just as in Aristophanes’ myth in the Symposium about the round-shaped humans who attack heaven. Most comedy represents a fusion of positions: That’s the very thing that makes the difference — it’s comical or humorous if pretension is a petty grandeur, while it’s something different if it’s a terrifying grandeur.

What is the use of investigating the comical fromphilosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives? And both the stimulus of humor in all its possible forms, as well as the response, confirm the centrality of this image. The author drew parallels between such diverse sources as to make commentaries on our society that exist outside of certain times and places. Aishwary Kumar – – Modern Intellectual History 7 2: She distinguishes incisively between comedy zupancc ideologically imposed, “naturalized” cheerfulness.

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