Make Em Laugh American Humorists Of The 20th And 21st Centuries
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Make 'em Laugh! American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
|Author||: Zeke Jarvis|
|Total Pages||: 322|
|Genre||: Social Science|
|ISBN 13||: 1440829950|
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This lighthearted and eye-opening book explores the role of comedy in cultural and political critiques of American society from the past century. • Provides a context, vocabulary, and perspective to better appreciate and understand American humor • Connects historical developments to cultural changes • Includes both academic references and popular works • Covers a wide range of artists over a variety of media • Examines and explains general trends in American comedy.
Homo Ludens as a Comic Character in Selected American Films
|Author||: Artur Skweres|
|Total Pages||: 97|
|ISBN 13||: 3319479679|
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This book reveals the hitherto critically disregarded ludic elements in popular American comedy films, building on and expanding the theories developed by Johan Huizinga in his classic study Homo Ludens (1938) and Roger Caillois in Les jeux et les hommes (1958). To address the lack of attention paid to the play principle in film comedy studies, this book focuses exclusively on the elements typical of play that can be found in movies. It introduces two new categories describing play: óneiros and pragma, which allow analysis of how play in comedies is influenced by the relations between the player and non-players. The text is supplemented by the use of the author’s drawings, which, because of their analytical and selective nature, are used as a tool for visual study. The play principle has a long tradition in American humor and the films examined here were chosen for their popularity and wide appeal, often acting as vehicles for Hollywood stars (e.g. Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Goldie Hawn, Mike Myers, Jackie Chan or Chris Tucker). The actors’ status allowed the filmmakers to construct situations in which the protagonists distanced themselves from the fictional situation. It is argued that the playful detachment from reality, typifying many of the fictional characters portrayed by actors with star status, is characteristic of the play principle in film. Another major consideration is the hotly debated notion of the accomplishment of goals in playful activities, and the book strongly supports the position that in narratives, play can (but does not have to) yield important results. The introduction of the categories of óneiros and pragma in play serves to highlight the complex relation between playfulness and practicality in the films discussed. Building on a comprehensive analysis of the ludic elements in selected popular American comedies, the book makes an important contribution to film studies, providing a unique perspective through its focus on the concept of homo ludens as a comic hero..
Why Harry Met Sally
|Author||: Joshua Louis Moss|
|Publsiher||: University of Texas Press|
|Total Pages||: 455|
|Genre||: Performing Arts|
|ISBN 13||: 1477312854|
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From immigrant ghetto love stories such as The Cohens and the Kellys (1926), through romantic comedies including Meet the Parents (2000) and Knocked Up (2007), to television series such as Transparent (2014–), Jewish-Christian couplings have been a staple of popular culture for over a century. In these pairings, Joshua Louis Moss argues, the unruly screen Jew is the privileged representative of progressivism, secular modernism, and the cosmopolitan sensibilities of the mass-media age. But his/her unruliness is nearly always contained through romantic union with the Anglo-Christian partner. This Jewish-Christian meta-narrative has recurred time and again as one of the most powerful and enduring, although unrecognized, mass-culture fantasies. Using the innovative framework of coupling theory, Why Harry Met Sally surveys three major waves of Jewish-Christian couplings in popular American literature, theater, film, and television. Moss explores how first-wave European and American creators in the early twentieth century used such couplings as an extension of modernist sensibilities and the American “melting pot.” He then looks at how New Hollywood of the late 1960s revived these couplings as a sexually provocative response to the political conservatism and representational absences of postwar America. Finally, Moss identifies the third wave as emerging in television sitcoms, Broadway musicals, and “gross-out” film comedies to grapple with the impact of American economic globalism since the 1990s. He demonstrates that, whether perceived as a threat or a triumph, Jewish-Christian couplings provide a visceral, easily graspable, template for understanding the rapid transformations of an increasingly globalized world..
Silenced in the Library: Banned Books in America
|Author||: Zeke Jarvis|
|Total Pages||: 289|
|Genre||: Language Arts & Disciplines|
|ISBN 13||: 1440843953|
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Censorship has been an ongoing phenomenon even in "the land of the free." This examination of banned books across U.S. history examines the motivations and effects of censorship, shows us how our view of right and wrong has evolved over the years, and helps readers to understand the tremendous importance of books and films in our society. • Provides readers with a broad understanding of the different levels of censorship • Puts challenges to books into historical context of societal standards and current events • Takes both historical and literary perspectives, recognizing the lasting cultural influences of texts and their literary significance • Presents biographical background of major authors who have been challenged • Identifies the source and explains the result of challenges to the most important or influential banned books • Compares challenges to controversial books against similar challenges to controversial films, television shows, and video games.
Did They Rest in Peace?
|Author||: Joseph William Lewis Jr. M.D.|
|Total Pages||: 532|
|ISBN 13||: 1546261095|
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Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. By what miracle can an assortment of seemingly unrelated particles come together and correctly assemble to form a human being? Amazingly, once aggregated, these atoms, molecules, and compounds manage to interact reasonably coherently during our lives but seek to return to their dusty state when death occurs. Of the billions of our species who have existed on earth over the millennia, most have quietly and inexorably returned to ashes and dust when their term of life expired. This book tracks some of the misadventures of selected corpses, including burials that went awry to body snatching, exhumations, human-relic collection, and assorted desecrations. Over the years, it seems that a remarkable number of bodies have failed to enjoy the admonition to “Rest in Peace.” Whether these aberrations in the burial process have disturbed the afterlife of the departed, everyone is dying to discover the answer..
The Primer of Humor Research
|Author||: Victor Raskin|
|Publsiher||: Walter de Gruyter|
|Total Pages||: 679|
|ISBN 13||: 3110198495|
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The book is intended to provide a definitive view of the field of humor research for both beginning and established scholars in a variety of fields who are developing an interest in humor and need to familiarize themselves with the available body of knowledge. Each chapter of the book is devoted to an important aspect of humor research or to a disciplinary approach to the field, and each is written by the leading expert or emerging scholar in that area. There are two primary motivations for the book. The positive one is to collect and summarize the impressive body of knowledge accumulated in humor research in and around Humor: The International Journal of Humor Research. The negative motivation is to prevent the embarrassment to and from the "first-timers," often established experts in their own field, who venture into humor research without any notion that there already exists a body of knowledge they need to acquire before publishing anything on the subject-unless they are in the business of reinventing the wheel and have serious doubts about its being round! The organization of the book reflects the main groups of scholars participating in the increasingly popular and high-powered humor research movement throughout the world, an 800 to 1,000-strong contingent, and growing. The chapters are organized along the same lines: History, Research Issues, Main Directions, Current Situation, Possible Future, Bibliography-and use the authors' definitive credentials not to promote an individual view, but rather to give the reader a good comprehensive and condensed view of the area..
The Humor Prism in 20th-century America
|Author||: Joseph Boskin|
|Publsiher||: Wayne State University Press|
|Total Pages||: 276|
|Genre||: American wit and humor|
|ISBN 13||: 9780814325971|
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The Humor Prism in Twentieth-Century America explores to what extent and in what ways American humor in the twentieth century reflects history..
Watching in Tongues: Multilingualism on American Television in the 21st Century
|Author||: James G. Mitchell|
|Publsiher||: Vernon Press|
|Total Pages||: 250|
|Genre||: Foreign Language Study|
|ISBN 13||: 1648890083|
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This book explores ideas and issues related to second language (L2) speakers and L2 use as portrayed on American television. It examines many examples of television depictions of L2 speakers and L2 use collected in the first decades of the 21st century. The book is divided into four three-chapter sections. “Humor and Homicide” looks at two aspects of the inclusion of L2 speakers and L2 use on television: L2 use or speakers depicted to create humor in various ways, especially through miscommunication or misunderstanding, and L2 knowledge used to solve crimes in the detective/police procedural genre. The section describes the reasons behind these phenomena, how they work, and the messages they convey to viewers. “Language Learning” explores how both adult and child language acquisition is represented and misrepresented on American television, with analysis of realistic vs. non-realistic depictions. “Subtitles and Stereotypes” explores the ways in which L2 speakers are often negatively depicted on television, their portrayal based on stereotypes. This work specifically investigates the role that subtitles play in leading viewers to such conclusions, employing the idea of language subordination, a process that devalues non-standard language while validating the norms and beliefs of the dominant group. Also considered are ways in which stereotypes are sometimes used to undermine negative perspectives on L2 speakers. “Language Attitudes and Mediation” evaluates depictions of second languages used as tools of mediation in both historical and satirical terms as well as the feelings these portrayals engender in viewers. In short, this work asks questions that have not previously been posed about L2 use on television, and it provides answers that not only shed light on issues of the representation of language learning and language use, but also constitute a lens through which American society as a whole might be understood..
Humor, Empathy, and Community in Twentieth-Century American Poetry
|Author||: Rachel Trousdale|
|Publsiher||: Oxford University Press|
|Total Pages||: 288|
|Genre||: Literary Criticism|
|ISBN 13||: 0192895710|
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Humor, Empathy, and Community in Twentieth-Century American Poetry explores how American poets of the last hundred years have used laughter to create communities of readers and writers. For poets slightly outside of the literary or social mainstream, humor encourages mutual understanding and empathic insight among artist, audience, and subject. As a result, laughter helps poets reframe and reject literary, political, and discursive hierarchies--whether to overturn those hierarchies, or to place themselves at the top. While theorists like Freud and Bergson argue that laughter patrols and maintains the boundary between in-group and out-group, this volume shows how laughter helps us cross or re-draw those boundaries. Poets who practice such constructive humor promote a more democratic approach to laughter. Humor reveals their beliefs about their audiences and their attitudes toward the Romantic notion that poets are exceptional figures. When poets use humor to promote empathy, they suggest that poetry's ethical function is tied to its structure: empathy, humor, and poetry identify shared patterns among apparently disparate objects. This book explores a broad range of serious approaches to laughter: the inclusive, community-building humor of W. H. Auden and Marianne Moore; the self-aggrandizing humor of Ezra Pound; the self-critical humor of T. S. Eliot; Sterling Brown's antihierarchical comedy; Elizabeth Bishop's attempts to balance mockery with sympathy; and the comic epistemologies of Lucille Clifton, Stephanie Burt, Cathy Park Hong, and other contemporary poets. It charts a developing poetics of laughter in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, showing how humor can be deployed to embrace, to exclude, and to transform..
The Slacker’s Guide to Humor Writing
|Author||: William Webb|
|Publsiher||: Ridiculously Simple Books|
|Total Pages||: 64|
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Looking for a side-splitting read that will have you laughing out loud at every turn of the page? Look no further! Our latest humor book compilation takes you on a rollicking ride through the unpredictable and hilarious world of comedic literature, where laughter is always just a paragraph away. With a brilliant blend of wit, satire, and unadulterated hilarity, this book is the perfect antidote for those moments when life takes itself too seriously. Dive into this extraordinary collection of carefully curated gems, each designed to transport you to a world of belly laughs, chuckles, and grins. Whether you're an avid reader of humor or just in need of a good giggle, this book offers something for everyone. Some of the highlights of this uproarious tome include: • A fantastic variety of humor styles, from slapstick to satire, and everything in between • Timeless classics and contemporary masterpieces that have shaped the genre of comedic writing • Unique and unforgettable characters that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page • Delightfully absurd situations that will have you questioning reality (in the most amusing way, of course) So why wait? Grab your coziest reading nook, make yourself comfortable, and embark on a laughter-filled adventure that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. With our irresistible humor book, you'll never see the world the same way again! Discover the power of laughter today and treat yourself to a healthy dose of comedy with this unputdownable collection. This humor book is sure to be a hit with both new and seasoned fans of the genre, making it the perfect gift for friends, family, or even yourself. Go on, you deserve it! Remember: Laughter is the best medicine, and this book is just what the doctor ordered. Start reading now and let the hilarity ensue!.
American Book Publishing Record
|Total Pages||: 824|
|Genre||: American literature|
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Explorations in Humor Studies
|Author||: Marcin Kuczok|
|Publsiher||: Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Total Pages||: 201|
|Genre||: Language Arts & Disciplines|
|ISBN 13||: 1527543307|
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Working towards a multifaceted debate on humor and related phenomena, this book is a comprehensive reflection of the contributors’ shared interest in various dimensions of humor and its manifold applications. It is composed of a selection of writings that provide important insights into language used for humorous purposes. Theoretical discussions are complemented by an assortment of case studies in linguistics, culture, literature, and translation, as well as in visual and media studies..
Bloom's How to Write about Mark Twain
|Author||: R. Kent Rasmussen|
|Publsiher||: Infobase Publishing|
|Total Pages||: 337|
|ISBN 13||: 1438112440|
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Provides a detailed introduction to writing an essay about literature and presents and discusses sample topics based on ten pieces by Mark Twain..
Encyclopedia of Humor Studies
|Author||: Salvatore Attardo|
|Publsiher||: SAGE Publications|
|Total Pages||: 985|
|Genre||: Language Arts & Disciplines|
|ISBN 13||: 148334617X|
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The Encyclopedia of Humor: A Social History explores the concept of humor in history and modern society in the United States and internationally. This work’s scope encompasses the humor of children, adults, and even nonhuman primates throughout the ages, from crude jokes and simple slapstick to sophisticated word play and ironic parody and satire. As an academic social history, it includes the perspectives of a wide range of disciplines, including sociology, child development, social psychology, life style history, communication, and entertainment media. Readers will develop an understanding of the importance of humor as it has developed globally throughout history and appreciate its effects on child and adult development, especially in the areas of health, creativity, social development, and imagination. This two-volume set is available in both print and electronic formats. Features & Benefits: The General Editor also serves as Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research for The International Society for Humor Studies. The book’s 335 articles are organized in A-to-Z fashion in two volumes (approximately 1,000 pages). This work is enhanced by an introduction by the General Editor, a Foreword, a list of the articles and contributors, and a Reader’s Guide that groups related entries thematically. A Chronology of Humor, a Resource Guide, and a detailed Index are included. Each entry concludes with References/Further Readings and cross references to related entries. The Index, Reader’s Guide themes, and cross references between and among related entries combine to provide robust search-and-browse features in the electronic version. This two-volume, A-to-Z set provides a general, non-technical resource for students and researchers in such diverse fields as communication and media studies, sociology and anthropology, social and cognitive psychology, history, literature and linguistics, and popular culture and folklore..
Laughter, Humor, and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy
|Author||: Pierre Destrée|
|Publsiher||: Oxford University Press|
|Total Pages||: 352|
|ISBN 13||: 0190460555|
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Ancient philosophers considered question about laughter, humor, and comedy to be both philosophically interesting and important. They theorized about laughter and its causes, moralized about the appropriate uses of humor and what it is appropriate to laugh at, and wrote treaties on comedic composition. They were often merciless in ridiculing their opponents' positions, borrowing comedic devices and techniques from comic poetry and drama to do so. This volume is organized around three sets of questions that illuminate the philosophical concerns and corresponding range of answers found in ancient philosophy. The first set investigates the psychology of laughter. What is going on in our minds when we laugh? What background conditions must be in place for laughter to occur? Is laughter necessarily hostile or derisive? The second set of questions concerns the ethical and social norms governing laughter and humor. When is it appropriate or inappropriate to laugh? Does laughter have a positive social function? Is there a virtue, or excellence, connected to laugher and humor? The third set of questions concerns the philosophical uses of humor and comedic technique. Do philosophers use humor exclusively in criticizing rivals, or can it play a positive educational role as well? If it can, how does philosophical humor communicate its philosophical content? This volume does not aim to settle these fascinating questions but more importantly to start a conversation about them, and serve as a reference point for discussions of laughter, humor, and comedy in ancient philosophy..
Alternative Press Index
|Genre||: New Left|
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Humor and Social Change in Twentieth-century America
|Author||: Joseph Boskin|
|Total Pages||: 156|
|Genre||: American wit and humor|
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