Accéder directement au contenu Accéder directement à la navigation
Article dans une revue

Reflecting back, or What can the French tell the English about humour?

Abstract : This paper explores the conceptual and historical differences between Francophone and Anglophone understandings of humour. While successive attempts by French scholars to classify and define the imported concept of humour offer a basis for a 'reciprocal definition' of the French scholarly mind, this essay aims in a different direction, seeking to show how the more specific French understanding of humour offers a useful foil for thinking about the broader English concept, and particularly how the reflexive dimension associated with 'humour' has particular applications for the study of self-conscious literature. Given the relative paucity of Anglophone scholarship on the topic, it will outline the debates surrounding the notion of 'humour' in the French critical tradition, set against the historical development of humour as a concept in both languages. While the purported cultural and historical specificity of humour remains problematic to an Anglophone readership, the essay concludes by considering how the reflexive dimension of French 'humour' is echoed in other theories relating both to humour and to literary self-consciousness.
Type de document :
Article dans une revue
Liste complète des métadonnées

Littérature citée [2 références]  Voir  Masquer  Télécharger
Contributeur : Will Noonan <>
Soumis le : samedi 5 juillet 2014 - 17:54:56
Dernière modification le : lundi 15 avril 2019 - 16:24:13
Document(s) archivé(s) le : mardi 13 octobre 2015 - 16:16:25


Fichiers éditeurs autorisés sur une archive ouverte


  • HAL Id : hal-01018823, version 1



Will Noonan. Reflecting back, or What can the French tell the English about humour?. Sydney Studies in English, 2011, pp.92-115. ⟨hal-01018823⟩



Consultations de la notice


Téléchargements de fichiers