LSC CPSY (ST LOUIS CC) American Humor

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1998-11-20
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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An anthology and handbook that addresses the main goal of helping to find ways of responding to written humor more effectively by going well beyond a simple response of laughter. It also aims to help explore visual humor like films, television shows, plays, and cartoon strips and helps to handle auditory humor such as live performances of stand-up comics and CD and cassette recordings of these performances.

Table of Contents

To the Reader

Chapter One: Taking Humor, of All Things, Seriously

Chapter Two: Subjective and Objective Approaches to Reading a Humor Text

Chapter Three: Artistic Decisions and Humor Texts

Chapter Four: Recognizing Satire and Farce

Chapter Five: An American Pattern--The Trickster, The Storyteller, The Tall Tale

Chapter Six: An American Pattern--Class, Regional, and Ethnic Humor

Chapter Seven: An American Pattern--The Little Soul

Chapter Eight: An American Pattern--The Wise Fool, The Critic, The Expert, The Parodist

Chapter Nine: An American Pattern--Failure of the American Dream and Black Humor

Chapter Ten: The Significance of the Comic Spirit

Chapter Eleven: Laughter I--Laughter as Therapy

Chapter Twelve: Laughter II--An New Definition and One's Sense of Humor

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