Where Discourse Meets Discworld: Labyrinths, Humour and the Neo-Baroque in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Stories

  • Thomas Scholz
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


In this chapter, Thomas Scholz demonstrates that, by fusing the neo-baroque, that is, ‘postmodern’, aspects with humour, Pratchett avoids the suspension of Secondary Belief J. R. R. Tolkien warned against. Applying Arthur Koestler’s explanation of ‘comedy’ as a bisociation to various Discworld novels, Scholz explains how, by introducing the metanarrative as one matrix of bisociation, the novel comments on the source material, its genre conventions, and on its own textuality without endangering the coherence of the secondary world.


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  • Thomas Scholz
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  1. 1.Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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