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Humour Research Titles

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Clare Cottrell <[log in to unmask]>

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Dear HUMOUR-RESEARCH Subscribers,

 

I hope the following title will be of interest to you:

 

Engaging Humor

Eliott Oring

 

Exploring the structure, motives, and meanings of humor in everyday life

"In every way, Elliott Oring's Engaging Humor leads the pack. . . . It is thoughtful and learned without being dull or pedantic; it combines a folklorist's attention to the social life of jokes with the textual critic's appreciation of verbal nuance. Courage marks every chapter."--Studies in American Humor 

"Engaging Humor . . . would prove a useful source to anyone working on the philosophy of humor. It is also a very good read."--Philosophy in Review

"I have read well over a hundred books on humor. None is superior to this one in clarity of expression or liveliness of ideas."--John Morreall, author of Taking Laughter Seriously and Humor Works and review editor of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research from 1988 to 1999

"This readable, well-reasoned book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in humor. Highly recommended."--Choice 

"Elliott Oring has written a profound as well as clear and entertaining book."--Folklore

In Engaging Humor, Elliott Oring asks essential questions concerning humorous expression in contemporary society, examining how humor works, why it is employed, and what its messages might be. This provocative book is filled with examples of jokes and riddles that reveal humor to be a meaningful--even significant--form of expression. 

Oring scrutinizes classic Jewish jokes, frontier humor, racist cartoons, blonde jokes, and Internet humor. He provides alternate ways of thinking about humorous expressions by examining their contexts--not just their contents. He also shows how the incongruity and absurdity essential to the production of laughter can serve serious communicative ends. 

Engaging Humor examines the thoughts that underlie jokes, the question of racist motivation in ethnic humor, and the use of humor as a commentary on social interaction. The book also explores the relationship between humor and sentimentality and the role of humor in forging national identity. Engaging Humor demonstrates that when analyzed contextually and comparatively, humorous expressions emerge as communications that are startling, intriguing, and profound.

http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/78tcp2cp9780252027864.html

 

University of Illinois Press

Autumn 2008 224pp 8 Line Drawings 17.99 PB 9780252075933

SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE OF 12.50 to HUMOUR-RESEARCH Subscribers

 

Postage and Packing 2.75

(PLEASE QUOTE REF NUMBER:  EH161208HR for discount)


To order a copy please contact Marston on 44(0)1235 465500 or email [log in to unmask]  or visit our website www.combinedacademic.co.uk 

 

 

 

Richard Pryor

The Life and Legacy of a "Crazy" Black Man

Edited by Audrey Thomas McCluskey


A tribute to the irreverent and complex artistry of a 20th-century comic genius 




"[Like] Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye, [and] Muhammad Ali . . . Richard Pryor contributed the combination of brilliance and tragedy at the core of what it means to be a Black man in America. Like the best jazz improvisers on the bandstand, [Pryor] turned life's mundane moments into intellectual property of the highest order and made life's most difficult situations seem like the proverbial drop in the bucket."-Todd Boyd, author of Am I Black Enough for You?

 

Richard Pryor is an American icon whose name evokes irreverent humor, social critique, and a perplexing degree of self-agonized genius. This anthology captures in one volume the spirit, zest, and cultural impact of Pryor's complex artistry. Audrey Thomas McCluskey has assembled insightful essays from a broad range of scholars, social critics, writers, filmmakers, and other established and emerging commentators on American culture. Although a celebration of Pryor's genius, the book approaches the subject with a critical sensibility that provides insight into his work to reveal how he simultaneously highlighted and embodied prominent narratives of race, gender, and social conditions in America in ways that continue to enlighten and entertain.

 

http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=84735

 

Indiana University Press

October 2008 304pp 6 b&w photos 12.99 PB 9780253220110

SPECIAL DISCOUNTED PRICE OF 9.00 to HUMOUR-RESEARCH Subscribers

 

Postage and Packing 2.75

(PLEASE QUOTE REF NUMBER:  HR161208RP for discount)


To order a copy please contact Marston on 44(0)1235 465500 or email [log in to unmask]  or visit our website www.combinedacademic.co.uk 

 

 

 

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