Ring Lardner and the Other

Douglas Robinson, Ring Lardner and the Other

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.


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