Chiang Chieh-han . Body as Testimony in L. Andreev’s “Red Laughter”
The article deals with the role of the body in L. Andreev’s “Red Laughter.” The work is considered a text of testimony about traumatic experience, in which the madness of war and the crisis of humanism are reflected. In the story, the human body serves, above all, as the most critical reference point for the perception of the phantasmagorical reality of war; therefore, it is directly associated with the comprehension of the essence of the apocalyptic event in general. Moreover, the body could be taken as certain form of testimony, in which the violence of history is imprinted. In this regard, the depiction of grotesque body images and the representation of the memory of the human body are extremely important. In the article, the “bodily” reproduced figure of the Red Laughter and the significance of the phenomenon of the excess of corporeality, with which the literary testimony is revealed, are examined as well.
the body, testimony, history, “Red Laughter”, L. Andreev