"An exacting public": Jerome K. Jerome and the new humour

Oulton, C. (2013) "An exacting public": Jerome K. Jerome and the new humour. In: Victorian Comedy Conference, 27 April 2013, University College London.

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Throughout the 1890s Jerome K. Jerome exploited his ambivalent position as the most successful of the ‘new humourists’; inviting readers of his journal To-day to see themselves as loyal members of a club, he used humour as both an agent of, and a weapon against, social disruption. Conflicted feelings about his own literary status haunt Jerome’s fin de siècle writing. But significantly the eponymous hero of Paul Kelver (1902), who is likened to David Copperfield and yet fails to be Dickens, is finally advised, ‘You are here to make us laugh. Get on with your work, you confounded young idiot!’

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English Literature
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > English and Language Studies
Depositing User: Prof Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2013 13:58
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:11
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/12280

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