A cheerful nihilism; confidence and "the absurd" in American humorous fiction. (Book, 1971) [WorldCat.org]
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A cheerful nihilism; confidence and "the absurd" in American humorous fiction.

Author: Richard Boyd Hauck
Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana University Press [1971]
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hauck, Richard Boyd, 1936-
Cheerful nihilism.
Bloomington, Indiana University Press [1971]
(OCoLC)756427479
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Boyd Hauck
ISBN: 0253313457 9780253313454
OCLC Number: 134875
Description: xiv, 269 pages 25 cm
Contents: 1. The American sisyphus: Sisyphus and absurd creation --
The absurd view and American humor --
2. Faith and confidence: American solutions: Conscious and unconscious absurdity --
Puritan perplexity in action --
Jonathan Edwards: the solution of being --
Benjamin Franklin: man of confidence, confidence man --
3. From the absurd frontier: The Native American absurdist --
The teller in the tall tale --
Biters and biters bit --
4. The descent to faith: Herman Melville: Captain Cook's toe and other jolly puzzles --
Queequeg's coffin --
The confidence of The confidence-man --
The jokes in Billy Budd --
5. The prisoner at the window: Mark Twain: A high and dangerous view --
The innocent absurdist --
The failure of absurd creation --
Tragedy traps --
6. The prime maniacal risibility: William Faulkner: Inventing enough stuff --
Snopes was here --
The savage caricaturist --
7. The fruitful fruitless odysseys: John Barth: Odyssey in the funhouse --
Mythotherpay --
Epic circles --
8. A heritage of corpses: Creation on the run --
The giggle in the jungle.

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