Abstract:Kerr as an ironic platform to link the ephemeral to immortality-as Lope doesthrough cats, those creatures of nine lives. But all these chapters only set the table for the last one: "Last Laughs." It is here that the book proves both its thesis and something more radical: that art, as a "realm for the meaningful processing of existence," inhabits a field of ruins with "the transcendent power of laughter" (192).
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