Ring Lardner and the Other
Douglas Robinson, Ring Lardner and
A study of the Chicago journalist and
vernacular humorist in three parts: (1) a close reading of a single short
story, "Who Dealt?"; (2) his life and work; (3) the history
of his reception. The approach is grounded in men's studies; the book
also engages in dialogue with women's studies, especially with a single
feminist scholar, Ellen Gardiner. Doug and Ellen have a dialogue in chapter
six, and an essay on "Who Dealt?" by Ellen appears in the appendix.
A second appendix also contains the text of "Who Dealt?" Theoretical
reinforcements from Gregory Bateson on schizophrenia and alcoholism, Geoffrey
Galt Harpham on asceticism, Jacques Lacan on the Other, Gilles Deleuze
and Felix Guattari on becoming-minor, Julia Kristeva on infantile discourse,
and Rachel Blau DuPlessis on writing beyond the ending.
New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.