I need suggestions of fictional or non-fictional books or films that deal with illness or dying in relation to humor/the absurd.
This is a pretty broad question, so I'll provide just a bit of background. I'm writing an essay about theories of humor (specifically touching on incongruity theory
, benign violation theory
, and the role of repetition in humor) as applied to personal narrative -- essentially how farce arises from tragedy and the elements necessary to humor.
I need to bring in some sources from film or literature that engage with incongruity/repetition/futility/disappearance, or published memoirs of illness or dying without neat, happy endings BUT which are humorous or absurd.
Writers I've been looking at so far: Kafka, Auster, Millhauser, Rakoff. My knowledge of film is sorely limited (but film is great because it takes less time to watch a movie than read a book).
If I can put this succinctly, I'm basically looking for examples that deal with the idea of the punchline not being worth the joke. Or that the punchline is that there is no punchline.
If anyone can make sense of my explanation and request, I'd appreciate your suggestions greatly.