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Slapstick Modernism: Chaplin to Kerouac to Iggy Pop

William Solomon


Slapstick comedy landed like a pie in the face of twentieth-century culture. Pratfalls and nyuk-nyuks percolated alongside literary modernism throughout the 1920s and 1930s before slapstick found explosive expression in postwar literature, experimental film, and popular music. This book charts the origins and evolution of what it calls “slapstick modernism”—a merging of artistic experimentation with the socially disruptive lunacy made by the likes of Charlie Chaplin. Romping through texts, films, and theory, the book embarks on a harum-scarum intellectual odyssey from high modernism to the lat ... More

Keywords: slapstick comedy, literary modernism, postwar literature, experimental film, popular music, modernism, punk rock

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040245
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040245.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Solomon, author
University of Buffalo