Humour is a laughing matter: the existential humour of Saki, Life of Brian and The Hitchhiker's guide to the Galaxy

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Humour is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon, the nature of which has eluded authors from Classical Antiquity to contemporary modernity. This dissertation explores some of the most important writings on humour to date, in an attempt to provide a well-rounded, critical approach to its most relevant characteristics, such as its relation to play, incongruity, relief, and superiority. These characteristics, and in particular the fact that humour seems to be deeply embedded in the tragic existential aspects of the human condition, then form the theoretical backbone of the subsequent analysis of three short stories by Saki, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, mostly through a practice of close reading. Each of these works, it is argued, reveal a particular outlook on the human condition through the exploration of its inherent incongruities – both on a social and individual level. They are also shown to, in the face of tragedy, encourage the adoption of a detached perspective that derives enjoyment from these incongruities, in what ultimately seems to be a life-affirming practice that seeks solace in the bleakest aspects of our existence. Keywords: Humour, Incongruity, Existential, Relief, Superiority, Saki, Monty Python, Douglas Adams, Laughter.
Idioma originalEnglish
Instituição de premiação
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
Supervisores/Consultores
  • Lopes, Alexandra, Supervisor
Data do prémio23 jan. 2018
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 23 jan. 2018

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