Inclining Towards Laughter

Sara Crangle

in Prosaic Desires

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640850
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651955 | DOI:
Inclining Towards Laughter

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This chapter examines Gertrude Stein's authorial attention to individual moments, which may be influenced by her narrative desire to laugh. It studies her first work, Q.E.D.; observes that her explorations move from self to other through a series of philosophically informed narratives set primarily in the private sphere; and determines that this shift in Steinian narrative laughter coexists with the modernist theory on risibility.

Keywords: individual moments; Gertrude Stein; desire to laugh; philosophically informed narratives; private sphere; Steinian narrative laughter; modernist theory; risibility

Chapter.  15860 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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