Comedies of Nihilism


Comedies of Nihilism: The Representation of Tragedy Onscreen by Amir Khan, who co-edits Conversations: The Journal of Cavellian Studies with me, is just out from Palgrave Macmillan. I wrote a blurb for the book, along with Lawrence F. Rhu (University of South Carolina) and Andrew Taylor (University of Edinburgh). Here is mine:

A beautifully written book that is both insightful and necessary. It offers a set of attentive readings of contemporary popular comedies articulated as philosophical as well as cultural film criticism. It also proposes a new theoretical genre and rediscovers the critic’s vital task of thinking through present-day tragic nihilism by engaging with and reflecting on the popular art of this time.

In other words: buy it and read it.