This book investigates how Laurence Sterne's humour functions, the reasons for its enduring appeal, and what role it played in identity-construction. It reveals that Shandean humour is a Grenzganger—a point of commerce between English and German literature and philosophy.
Introduction 1. Style and Syntax as Catalysts of Sterne's Humour in Tristram Shandy 2. The Ruins of Melancholy in Sterne's Tristram Shandy 3. From Personal Identity to Character: Sterne and Hume 4. Literary Castlings and Backwards Flights to Heaven: Sterne's Über-Humor in the work of Jean Paul Richter and Theodor Gottlieb von Hippel 5. Consciousness, Time, and System: On the Structure of Hegel's Phänomenologie des Geistes in the Light of Tristram Shandy 6. Shandean Taylor Coleridge 7. Karl Marx's Shandean Humour: Scorpion and Felix and its Aftermath 8. The Crafty Art of Textual Pirating: Melville and Sterne 9. From Shandyism to Pataphysics: Sternean Influence in Alfred Jarry's Gestes et opinions du Docteur Faustroll, Pataphysicien