Allen Douglas

in War, Memory, and the Politics of Humor

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520228764
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926943 | DOI:

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This concluding chapter discusses the argument that in the Canard, humor had its politics. It examines the devices used by the writers of the periodical, such as antiphrastic irony and bisociation. It then shows how the discourses presented in the Canard carried their own politics. The next section focuses on how the humor of the Canard not only sugarcoated its politics, but also represented its politics. The chapter also demonstrates how the Canard found in humor a declaration of life, which was the most effective cure to war.

Keywords: humor; devices; bisociation; antiphrastic irony; sugarcoat; declaration of life; war

Chapter.  8574 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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