The technique of dark humor seeks to create comedy through the use of satirical wit and grotesque situations. This thematic technique can be found in "A Clockwork Orange", "A Good Man Is Hard to Find", "A Modest Proposal", "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", "White Noise", "The Yellow Wallpaper", and many others, as examined by this new volume. Featuring original essays and excerpts from previously published critical analyses, this addition to the Bloom's Literary Themes series gives students valuable insight into the title's subject theme.
CONTENTS Series Introduction by Harold Bloom: Themes and Metaphors Volume Introduction by Harold Bloom - The Plays of Aristophanes - The Plays of Samuel Beckett and the Theatre of the Absurd - Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) - Cat's Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut) - A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess) - On Dark Humor in Literature - Divine Comedy (Dante Alighieri) - The Dumbwaiter (Harold Pinter) - The Stories of Nikolai Gogol and Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov) - "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" (Flannery O'Connor) - Henry IV, Parts One and Two (William Shakespeare) - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (Thomas Stearns Eliot) - A Modest Proposal (Jonathan Swift) - The Mysterious Stranger (Mark Twain) - Reservation Blues (Sherman Alexie) - White Noise (Don DeLillo) - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Edward Albee) - "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Charlotte Perkins Gilman) Acknowledgments Index