Affect philosophy meets incongruity: Cover Image

Affect philosophy meets incongruity:
Affect philosophy meets incongruity:

about transformative potentials in comic laughter

Author(s): Mark Weeks
Subject(s): Anthropology, Philosophy, Social Sciences, Language and Literature Studies, Psychology, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Social Philosophy, Communication studies, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Descriptive linguistics, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure , Cognitive Psychology
Published by: Krakowskie Towarzystwo Popularyzowania Wiedzy o Komunikacji Językowej Tertium
Keywords: affect; Deleuze; laughter; humour; incongruity; Nietzsche;nomad;

Summary/Abstract: The emergence of philosophical affect theory, sourced substantially in Continental philosophy, has intensified scholarly attention around affective potentials in laughter. However, the relationship between laughter’s affect and the comic remains a complicated one for researchers, with some maintaining that the two should be approached separately (Emmerson 2019, Parvulescu 2010). While there is a credible academic rationale for drawing precise distinctions, the present article takes an integrative approach to laughter and the comic. It analyses, then synthesises, points of convergence between key texts in affect philosophy and certain elements of incongruity-based humour theory. Specifically, the article seeks to demonstrate that some integration can bring insight and clarity to discussion of transformative potentials sometimes attributed to forms of comic laughter, especially within cultural studies and social science following the philosophy of Deleuze. This approach may also usefully complicate the concept of incongruity itself.

  • Issue Year: 8/2020
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 1-13
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English