Wodehouse and Wittgenstein

Originally posted on Great War Fiction:
During my Dornford Yates talk at the Newcastle Great War and Popular Culture conference earlier this year, I got an unexpected laugh (as well as some chuckles I’d planned for). It was when I quoted Wittgenstein saying: “I couldn’t understand the humour in Journey’s End.… I wouldn’t want to joke about a situation like that.” I suppose people thought I was having a dig at humourless Teutons, or over-serious philosophers, but I didn’t intend this, actually. In fact, Wittgenstein seems to have had a serviceable enough sense of humour when not in his most… Continue reading Wodehouse and Wittgenstein

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