By Michael North

ISBN-10: 019538122X

ISBN-13: 9780195381221

During this most recent addition to Oxford's Modernist Literature & tradition sequence, popular modernist pupil Michael North poses primary questions on the connection among modernity and comedian shape in movie, animation, the visible arts, and literature. Machine-Age Comedy vividly constructs a cultural background that spans the complete 20th century, displaying how alterations wrought by way of industrialization have endlessly altered the comedian mode. With willing analyses, North examines the paintings of quite a lot of artists--including Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Marcel Duchamp, Samuel Beckett, and David Foster Wallace--to exhibit the artistic and unconventional methods the routinization of business society has been explored in a large array of cultural types. all through, North argues that smooth writers and artists came upon whatever inherently comedian in new reports of repetition linked to, enforced through, and made inevitable through the computing device age. eventually, this wealthy, tightly centred examine bargains a brand new lens for knowing the devlopment of comedic constructions during times of huge social, political, and cultural switch to bare how the unique promise of recent lifestyles might be extracted from its functional unhappiness.

Show description

Read Online or Download Machine-Age Comedy PDF

Similar eastern books

New PDF release: Facing the East in the West: Images of Eastern Europe in

During the last decade, migration flows from principal and japanese Europe became a subject matter in political debates approximately human rights, social integration, multiculturalism and citizenship in nice Britain. The expanding variety of jap Europeans dwelling in Britain has provoked ambivalent and various responses, together with representations in movie and literature that variety from go back and forth writing, funny fiction, mockumentaries, musicals, drama and kid's literature to the mystery.

Download e-book for iPad: Outlines of Indian philosophy by M. Hiriyanna

The current paintings is predicated upon the lectures which Prof. Hiriyanna introduced for a few years on the Mysore college. Its most advantageous target has been to provide a hooked up and as far as attainable in the limits of a unmarried quantity a accomplished account of the topic. Indian idea is taken into account intimately in 3 components facing the Vedic interval, the early post-Vedic interval and the age of the platforms.

Get Gandharan Buddhism: Archaeology, Art, Texts PDF

A Buddha Dharma Kyokai starting place booklet on Buddhism and Comparative faith

The faith to doubt : glimpses of Buddhist uncertainty - download pdf or read online

Stephen Batchelor was once born in Scotland, in 1953. He grew up in a humanist surroundings together with his mom and brother in Watford, north west of London. After finishing his schooling at Watford Grammar tuition, he travelled overland to India in 1972, on the age of eighteen. He settled in Dharamsala, the capital-in-exile of the Dalai Lama, and studied on the Library of Tibetan Works and files.

Additional resources for Machine-Age Comedy

Example text

Sometimes, on a smaller scale, Keaton does rather glibly humanize an object, like the accordion-fold towel rack he fits with a boxing glove to make a turn signal in Cops. Even here, though, he seems only to unleash an unexpected intention, inherent within the object, that leaps out and slugs an unsuspecting policeman as if it had been waiting for that very moment. In this scene, the policeman, who has become a mere traffic signal, is more of a machine than the towel rack, which strikes him wickedly from behind.

In their purest form, they were simply practical jokes recorded on film. Stringing several of these together in a series produced a longer film but one that obeyed no prior rules of logic or aesthetic form. 30 Partly due to the influence of American comedy, there was a remarkably similar debate in Soviet film circles during the 1920s. ”31 The conflict has to do with the extent to which the individual shot or episode should be integrated into a larger whole, with FEKS insisting, in a slapstick vein, that there should be as little integration as possible.

His was, in other words, an aesthetic interest, and it was in this sense not so very different from the vogue for machines that swept the European avant-garde, starting with the Italian Futurists. ”40 Man with the Movie Camera is in a sense another of these manifestos, with shot after shot of industrial machines, most of them observed with such obsessive closeness that it is impossible to discern just what they do. Linked together by Vertov’s incessant crosscutting, these machine parts form a gigantic Rube Goldberg device, the workings of which are supposed to be fascinating in their own right.

Download PDF sample

Machine-Age Comedy by Michael North

by James

Rated 4.80 of 5 – based on 18 votes