Chronolibido and comedy

As with The Great Gatsby last week, rereading The Sound and the Fury for the first time since college and finding it hilarious. (“Time heals all wounds”? Ha!) My sense of humor has become awfully dark; I was laughing aloud when Daisy ran over Myrtle.

What’s funny (ironic) too is that what makes these things funny to me is based on the same principles that make desire in Martin’s theory of chronolibido (Cf. NLH 37.2): to paraphrase roughly, mortality makes meaning. Chronolibido is a rather grave (ha) set of theories and stratagems, so it’s amusing that it’s also the fundamental system for comedy.


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