1. Benjamin La Farge (2012). Comic Anxiety and Kafka's Black Comedy. Philosophy and Literature 35 (2):282-302.
    One evening years ago I was watching a performance of the Chinese Magic Circus of Taiwan when it suddenly came to me that the fundamental characteristics of comedy were being acted out before my eyes. The discovery seems ironic in retrospect, as I did not find the performance very amusing, but the crude simplicity of the act illuminated the underlying dynamics of the genre. Two Taiwanese clowns came on stage dressed in the traditional white coverall and floppy hat that signify (...)
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  2. Benjamin La Farge (2009). Comic Romance. Philosophy and Literature 33 (1):pp. 18-35.
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  3. Benjamin La Farge (2004). Comedy's Intention. Philosophy and Literature 28 (1):118-136.
    : I begin by asking, What is the underlying dynamic of comedy, its generic intention? I answer by testing each of several classic theories (plus two popular cliches) against a single, brief scene in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. Each of the first six sections subjects that scene to one of seven theories, in each case singling out an idea that seems convincing and discarding other ideas that do not. Illogical Logic explains the various means by which the (...)
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