Slapstick comedy landed like a pie within the face of twentieth-century tradition. Pratfalls and nyuk-nyuks percolated along literary modernism in the course of the Twenties and Thirties prior to slapstick stumbled on explosive expression in postwar literature, experimental movie, and well known tune. William Solomon charts the origins and evolution of what he calls slapstick modernism --a merging of inventive experimentation with the socially disruptive lunacy made through the likes of Charlie Chaplin. Romping via texts, movies, and conception, Solomon embarks on a harum-scarum highbrow odyssey from excessive modernism to the past due modernism of the Beats and Burroughs prior to a head-on crash into the uncooked energy of punk rock. all through, he indicates the hyperlinks among the experimental writers and silent monitor performers of the early century, and explores the powerful cultural project that drew notion from anarchical comedy after international conflict Two.

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