All Puns Intended: The Verbal Creation of Jean-Pierre Brisset

1st Edition

Walter D. Redfern

Routledge
Published August 31, 2001
Reference - 198 Pages
ISBN 9781900755528 - CAT# Y309432

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Summary

The 19th century in France spawned numerous 'fous litteraires, one of them being Jean-Pierre Brisset (1837-1919). An individualist among individualists, he dismantled the existing French tongue, reshaping it to suit his own grandiose purposes, which were to explain afresh the development of human beings (from frogs) and of their language (from croaks). Continuous and ubiquitous punning was a unique feature of his writing. In this study, Redfern examines such themes as the nature of literary madness, the phenomenon of deadpan humour, the role of analogy, and the place of institutional religion in Brisset's creative rewriting of the creation.

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