You might find the typology elaborated in my book An Anatomy
of Humor useful...you can apply the techniques to visual phenomena
as well as linguistic ones. (Transaction Books)
Arthur Asa Berger
At 06:24 PM 11/10/99 -0000, you wrote:
>Thankyou for replying, I shall look up your book and find out the pitfalls
>of incongruity theory! It sounds like it will be very useful. I am
>interested to know how you think humorous photographs might function, if not
>through concepts of incongruity?
>> From: Robert L. Latta[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
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>> Sent: 10 November 1999 09:20
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>> >From: AF701300 <[log in to unmask]>
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>> >Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 19:41:42 -0000
>> > hello everyone!
>> > I'm a student studying humour in photography. I have been reading
>> > humour theory with the intention of comparing the verbal joke to the
>> > This seems to be the only way to approach this topic as there is a lack
>> > research on the matter. Does anyone know of any research into the place
>> > humour in photography? I am also looking for humorous photgraphs that
>> > include incongruity and resolution to use as examples..any ideas?
>> > Philip Welding
>> November 10, 1999 (Wednesday, 5:55 PM JST)
>> Dear Philip,
>> I suggest that you take a look at my book The Basic Humor Process: A
>> Cognitive-Shift Theory and the Case against Incongruity (Mouton de
>> Humor Research Series #5). My own theory of humor is designed to cover
>> in photography as much as humor of any other sort. In addition, though I
>> hate to be a party pooper, especially among humor lovers, I'm convinced
>> incongruity theory, including incongruity-and-resolution theory, comes to
>> nothing, and I devote 136 pages to this proposition. You might want to
>> my arguments into account.
>> In any case, good luck in your work!
>> Robert L. Latta
>> (Bukkyo University, Kyoto, Japan)
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