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ISBN: 0374177376 / ISBN-13: 9780374177379

The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel

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When James Wood's first collection of essays, The Broken Estate, was published in 1999, the reviewers hailed a master critic. The common thread in ... Show synopsis

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  • The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel (Farrar Straus Giroux) – Hardcover (2004)
    by James Wood

    The Irresponsible Self: On Laughter and the Novel

    Hardcover, Farrar Straus Giroux
    2004
    English
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    312 pages

    ISBN: 0374177376
    ISBN-13: 9780374177379

    In 23 passionate, sparkling dispatches, Wood defends what he calls "secular comedy"--human, tragicomic, forgiving, bound up with the very origins of the novel--against the narrower "religious comedy" of satire and farce, which is corrective, punitive, and theatrical.

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