comic novel

novel-length work of humorous fiction

A comic novel is a novel-length work of humorous fiction. Many well-known authors have written comic novels, including P. G. Wodehouse, Henry Fielding, Mark Twain, and John Kennedy Toole. Comic novels are often defined by the author's literary choice to make the thrust of the work - in its narration or plot - funny or satirical in orientation, regardless of the putative seriousness of the topics addressed. While many novels may contain passages or themes that are comic or humorous, the defining characteristic of this genre is that comedy is the framework and baseline of the story, rather than an occasional or recurring motif. Literary scholars distinguish textual analysis on this basis; the theory being that a story by Mark Twain that is a satirical critique in its very origin, for example, must be understood differently than a more literal novelistic plot.
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genre: comic novel

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Series

La Petite Marchande de prose

novel by Daniel Pennac

author: Daniel Pennacchioni

1990

The Fairy Gunmother

novel by Daniel Pennac

author: Daniel Pennacchioni

1987

The Scapegoat

novel by Daniel Pennac

author: Daniel Pennacchioni

1985

Aux fruits de la passion

novel by Daniel Pennac

author: Daniel Pennacchioni

1998

Des chrétiens et des maures

novel by Daniel Pennac

author: Daniel Pennacchioni

1996

1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

1979 book by Douglas Adams

author: Douglas Adams

1979

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