Irony In The Age Of Empire: Comic Perspectives On Democracy And Freedom

Paperback | July 9, 2008

byCynthia Willett

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Comedy, from social ridicule to the unruly laughter of the carnival, provides effective tools for reinforcing social patterns of domination as well as weapons for emancipation. In Irony in the Age of Empire, Cynthia Willett asks: What could embody liberation better than laughter? Why do the oppressed laugh? What vision does the comic world prescribe? For Willett, the comic trumps standard liberal accounts of freedom by drawing attention to bodies, affects, and intimate relationships, topics which are usually neglected by political philosophy. Willett's philosophical reflection on comedy issues a powerful challenge to standard conceptions of freedom by proposing a new kind of freedom that is unapologetically feminist, queer, and multiracial. This book provides a wide-ranging, original, thoughtful, and expansive discussion of citizenship, social manners, and political freedom in our world today.

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Comedy, from social ridicule to the unruly laughter of the carnival, provides effective tools for reinforcing social patterns of domination as well as weapons for emancipation. In Irony in the Age of Empire, Cynthia Willett asks: What could embody liberation better than laughter? Why do the oppressed laugh? What vision does the comic w...

Cynthia Willett is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, where she currently serves as the chair of the department. She is author of Soul of Justice and Maternal Ethics and Other Slave Moralities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.54 inPublished:July 9, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219949

ISBN - 13:9780253219947

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: On Truthiness
1. Laughter against Hubris: A Preemptive Strike
2. Laughing to Keep from Crying: Cornel West, Pragmatism, and Progressive Comedy
3. Authenticity in an Age of Satire: Ellison, Sartre, Bergson, and Spike Lee's Bamboozled
4. Engage the Enemy: Cavell, Comedies of Remarriage, and the Politics of Friendship
5. Three Concepts of Freedom
Notes
Index

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"[E]xtremely witty, provocative, and timely.... It should appeal to anyone interested in American studies or American philosophy. -Mary Magad" -Ward, Middle Tennessee State University