I am happy to announce that Erin M. Goss’s edited collection, Jane Austen and Comedy, has been published by Bucknell UP (in conjunction with Rutgers UP).
I contributed an essay to this collection, and writing this paper was so much fun. Why? Two reasons: 1) an essay on Austen is almost always fun, and 2) an essay on sea monsters is certainly a blast.
Here’s a snapshot of my title:
In the paper I talk about Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and I incorporate theory on laughter, jokes, and caricature from Henri Bergson, Sigmund Freud, and Mikhail Bakhtin to show what the mashup adds to 21st-century readers’ understanding of Austen’s 19th-century characters. The character I spend most of my time on is Colonel Brandon, also known as old fishy face.
My essay rounds out the volume. Saved the best for last? 😀 J/K. Other volume contributors and subjects include:
Part I. Comic Energy and Explosive Humor … 27
One – Austen, Philosophy, and Comic Stylistics … 28
Two – Jane Austen: Comedy Against Happiness … 62
Three – “Open-Hearted”: Persuasion and the Cultivation of Good Humor … 95
Part II. (Emma’s) Laughter with a Purpose … 121
Four – After the Laughter: Seeking Perfect Happiness in Emma … 122
Five – The Comic Visions of Emma Woodhouse … 148
Part III. Comedic Form, Comedic Effect … 186
Six – On Austen, Comedy, and Future Possibility … 187
Erin M. Goss
Seven – Lost in the Comedy: Austen’s Paternalistic Men and the Problem of Accountability …218
I encourage you to order the book for your own personal collection and for your library. It is reasonably priced at $34.95 in paperback.
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