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Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism. Published by Cow Eye Press

COLLECTED ESSAYS ON LITERATURE AND CRITICISM:

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Realisms

THE IDEA OF LITERATURE

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EXPERIMENTAL FICTION NOW

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INNOVATIVE WOMEN WRITERS

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AMERICAN POSTMODERN FICTION

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BETWEEN SILLINESS AND SATIRE:BLACK HUMOR FICTION

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LET'S REVIEW: BOOK REVIEWING AS LITERARY CRITICISM

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THE ART OF DISTURBANCE: THE NOVELS OF JAMES PURDY

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03/20/2005

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Bud Parr

I agree with what you are saying, particularly because anything I've ever written that anyone liked had a humorous element to it. But I think that it is not so much the enjoyment factor as knowing that humor is often the best way to get a point across.

I think that is when they are not trying to be haha comical when they are at their funniest. In that sense Kafka was very funny, as well as Gogol and Cervantes (comedic, but often dryly). Later authors, certainly Calvino's "If upon a winters night..." as one example, plus I recall thinking Borges' "Funes, His Memory" as being funny in way. These are all quite serious authors, yet very funny without (always) being comedic.

I think what I'm groping for is something like the difference between straight comedy and satire, or perhaps just very dry humor, or the inside (intellectual) jokes of Nabokov. Great authors surely get it at more than one level, and I think that they can also miss the mark, as I pointed out in my Recognitions post.

Anyway, thanks for the mention, Dan, and the thought provoking post on an interesting aspect of "serious" literature.

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