“Through the Haha Door”: The Social Philosophy of Louis C.K.

dc.contributor.advisor Jackson, Mark
dc.contributor.advisor Gaitely, Patricia
dc.contributor.author Brooks, Rachel Morgan
dc.contributor.committeemember Donovan, Kevin
dc.contributor.committeemember Jackson, Mark
dc.contributor.committeemember Gaitely, Patricia
dc.contributor.committeemember Bachman, Maria
dc.contributor.department English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-26T18:00:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-26T18:00:55Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03-30
dc.description.abstract Following a line of comedians including Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and George Carlin, Louis C.K. has become an influential personality not only in the world of comedy, but in society, as well. This thesis examines Louie's techniques of black humor and deadpan expression, and how those techniques serve as a tool for his social commentary. Following his comedic elements, this work also uses various theories to show that Louie is not only a comedian whom we laugh with, but a comic site onto which our own thoughts can be projected. This work then turns to Louis C.K.’s social commentary and how it connects to French philosopher Albert Camus’ philosophy of the absurd. C.K.’s commentary leads to deeper critical reflection in which he struggles with notions of eternal life, the issue of suicide, and finally, the choice to revolt rather than to succumb to life’s unanswered mysteries. Following, these comedic elements and philosophical explorations can be applied to C.K.’s feminist values. By first understanding his humor and more serious reflections, his approach to feminist topics such as power relationships, body image, and the issue of rape humor can be further explored. In this way, we can view Louis C.K. as one of the most successful comedians of our day as well as a social philosopher who encourages his audience to maintain moral soundness amidst an uncertain and chaotic world.
dc.description.degree M.A.
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5326
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Absurdism
dc.subject Comedy
dc.subject Feminism
dc.subject Louis C.K.
dc.subject Philosophy
dc.subject Pop Culture
dc.subject.umi Philosophy
dc.subject.umi Gender studies
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.title “Through the Haha Door”: The Social Philosophy of Louis C.K.
dc.type Thesis
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