American Dark Comedy: Beyond Satire (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture No. 55)

American Dark Comedy: Beyond Satire (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture No. 55)

By: Wes D. Gehring (author), R. Karl Largent (foreword_author)Hardback

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From Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Gehring presents a compelling theory of the black comedy film genre. Placing the movies he discusses in a historical and literary context, Gehring explores the genre's obession with death and the characters' failure to be shocked by it. Movies discussed include: Slaughterhouse Five, Catch-2, Clockwork Orange, Harold and Maude, Heathers, and Natural Born Killers.

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WES D. GEHRING is Professor of Film at Ball State University. He is author of ten previous books: Leo McCarey and the Comic Antihero in American Film (1980), Charlie Chaplin: A Bio-Bibliography (1983), W. C. Fields: A Bio-Bibliography (1984), Screwball Comedy: A Genre of Madcap Romance (1986), The Marx Brothers: A Bio-Bibliography (1987), Handbook of American Film Genres (1988), Laurel & Hardy: A Bio-Bibliography (1990), Mr. B. or Comforting Thoughts About the Bison: A Critical Biography of Robert Benchley (1992), Populism and the Capra Legacy (1995), all by Greenwood Press, and Groucho and W. C. Fields: Huckster Comedians (1994). His poems and humor pieces have appeared in numerous publications.


Illustrations Foreword by R. Karl Largent Preface Acknowledgments Historical Literary Overview Selected American Dark Comedy Films and Themes Dismantling Dictators: "Marxist" or Otherwise Coming of Age...With a Vengeance When Film Noir Becomes Dark Comedy Conclusions Appendix: Selected Filmography Selected Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/07/1996
  • ISBN13: 9780313261848
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780313261848
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 0313261849

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