Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy

Edited by Klaus Vieweg, James Vigus and Kathleen M. Wheeler

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

4 March 2013  •  200pp

ISBN: 978-1-907975-31-8 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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One of many writers inspired by Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy, the German novelist Jean Paul Richter coined the term ‘Shandean humour’ in his work of aesthetic theory. The essays in this volume investigate how Sterne’s humour functions, the reasons for its enduring appeal, and what role it played in identity-construction and in the representation of melancholy. In tracing its hitherto under-recognised impact both on literary writers, such as Jean Paul and Herman Melville, and on philosophers, including Hegel and Marx, the collection reveals that Shandean humour is a Grenzgänger - a point of commerce not only between Anglophone and German discourses, but also between literature and philosophy.

Klaus Vieweg is Professor of Philosophy at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena; James Vigus is Lecturer in English at Queen Mary, University of London; Kathleen M. Wheeler is Reader in English Literature at the University of Cambridge.

Contents:

1-18
Introduction
James Vigus
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19-30
Style and Syntax as Catalysts of Sterne’s Humour in Tristram Shandy
Wolfgang G. Müller
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31-47
The Ruins of Melancholy in Sterne’s Tristram Shandy
Verena Olejniczak Lobsien
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48-61
From Personal Identity to Character: Sterne and Hume
James Vigus
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62-77
Literary Castlings and Backwards Flights to Heaven: Sterne’s Über-Humor in the Work of Jean Paul Richter and Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel
Klaus Vieweg
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78-91
Consciousness, Time, and System: On the Structure of Hegel’s Phänomenologie des Geistes in the Light of Tristram Shandy
Tommaso Pierini
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92-109
Shandean Taylor Coleridge
James Vigus
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110-123
Karl Marx’s Shandean Humour: Scorpion und Felix and its Aftermath
Duncan Large
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124-142
The Crafty Art of Textual Pirating: Melville and Sterne
Kathleen M. Wheeler
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143-161
From Shandyism to Pataphysics: Sternean Influence in Alfred Jarry’s Gestes et opinions du Docteur Faustroll, Pataphysicien
Will Noonan
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Vieweg, Klaus, James Vigus, and Kathleen M. Wheeler (eds), Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013)

First footnote reference: 35 Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy, ed. by Klaus Vieweg, James Vigus and Kathleen M. Wheeler (Cambridge: Legenda, 2013), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Vieweg, Vigus, and Wheeler, p. 47.

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Vieweg, Klaus, James Vigus, and Kathleen M. Wheeler (eds). 2013. Shandean Humour in English and German Literature and Philosophy (Cambridge: Legenda)

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