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Anxious laughter: Mauron’s Renversement and Gogol’s Overcoat

Overview of attention for article published in American Journal of Psychoanalysis, May 2017
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Title
Anxious laughter: Mauron’s Renversement and Gogol’s Overcoat
Published in
American Journal of Psychoanalysis, May 2017
DOI 10.1057/s11231-017-9085-6
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Authors

Alfie Bown

Abstract

Inside and outside of psychoanalysis, laughter has often been thought of as relating to anxiety, with the usual line being that laughter can be a response to anxiety or a way of dealing with it. This article argues that laughter cannot be said to eradicate or 'deal with' anxiety and that laughter is always unsettling precisely because it contains anxiety and indicates its continuing threat. The article discusses Freud and Lacan on anxiety, as well as Charles Mauron, an understudied writer whose Psychocritique du Genre Comique was the only sustained study of psychoanalysis and comedy until very recently. I argue here that Mauron's idea of renversement holds a key to understanding the relationship between laughter and anxiety. Rather than using a collection of isolated examples to illustrate individual points, in the second half of the article I provide a more sustained discussion of these ideas in relation to Nicolai Gogol's short story "The Overcoat."

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 6 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Professor 1 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 17%
Student > Master 1 17%
Unknown 3 50%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 1 17%
Psychology 1 17%
Social Sciences 1 17%
Unknown 3 50%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 May 2017.
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#3,509,188
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#2
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