The Comic Spirit and the Comic Order in Children’s Literature

The Comic Spirit and the Comic Order in Children’s Literature

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The Comic Spirit and the Comic Order in Children’s  Literature 13/09/2010 11:17:00  Optimism as the essence of comedy  Comedy. . . consists in the indirect affirmation of the ideal logical order by means of  the derogation of the limited orders of actuality” –Feibleman Author paraphrases as optimistic denial of human limitations Comedy=revolutionary, tragedy=reactionary Justice for children: good are rewarded and evil are punished “Comedy celebrates man’s capacity to endure” –Corrigan “Comedy resolves as a “a deliverance from moral bondage” It is the comic vision that gives childhood its relentless spirit, its revolutionary nature,  its irrepressible optimism Only children and visionaries who can sustain the energy needed for the comic view Humor derived from an incongruity between expectations and reality 
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Unformatted text preview: An inability to adapt to social order Defiance of social order will not affect the universal order of things • Universal dictum of love is all that matters • Potter’s world has a social order • Peter as a tragic hero part fool/part saint who we envy for defying the natural order of the world • Peter must learn that all humanity is subject to an imperfect, impartial destiny • Fairy tale opening separates this world from reality, introducing elements that would be unacceptable in a realistic story • Heroin must establish a new and better social order • Anthropomorphism is a child’s first introduction to literary symbolism Peter as a human, not a rabbit 13/09/2010 11:17:00 ← 13/09/2010 11:17:00 ←...
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