Literary Theory

“The Notorious Jumping Reader of Calaveras County: Twain, Blanchot, and a Dialectic of Storytelling.” The Midwest Quarterly 49.4 (2008): 374-87.

“Drowning Martin Eden’s Ideological Aesthetic.” Guowai Wenxue (Foreign Literatures, Beijing) 66 (1997): 19-27. English version.

Notes for Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary theory. (New York: Oxford, 1988).

Notes for Fredric Jameson’s The Political Unconscious: Narrative as Socially Symbolic Act. (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1981).

Notes for Susan Sniader Lanser’s Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1992).

Sketches for “Interpreting Literature: A List of World Theory Readings, from Antiquity to 1949.”

Photo Credit: KMZ looking at Banksy in Camden, by SJV, 2006.

Twelve Jokes from (if not by) Sigmund Freud

In 1905, Sigmund Freud published his book-length study, Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious. Here are some of the jokes Freud includes as part of his analysis, in the order in which they appear in the book.

Source: The Basic Writings of Sigmund Freud. Translated and Edited by A. A. Brill, New York: The Modern Library, 1995 (orig. 1938). Except where noted, I have tinkered with Brill’s versions of the jokes without affecting Freud’s (or Henny Youngman’s) accompanying propositions, the subject of a forthcoming post.

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