Engaging Humor

Engaging Humor

by Elliott Oring
     
 

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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 provides alternate ways of thinking

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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 provides alternate ways of thinking about humorous expressions by examining their contexts—not just their contents. Engaging Humor demonstrates that when analyzed contextually and comparatively, humorous expressions emerge as communications that are startling, intriguing, and profound.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252075933
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Elliott Oring is a professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles, and is the author of Israeli Humor, The Jokes of Sigmund Freud, and Jokes and Their Relations. He serves on the editorial board of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

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