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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,...
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Engaging Humor

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252092053
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 1/29/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Appropriate Incongruity Redux 1
2 The Senses of Absurd Humor 13
3 Joke Thoughts 27
4 The Humor of Hate 41
5 Blond Ambitions and Other Signs of the Times 58
6 Humor and the Suppression of Sentiment 71
7 The Joke as Gloss 85
8 Colonizing Humor 97
9 Sigmund Freud's Jewish Joke Book 116
10 The Context of Internet Humor 129
Afterword 141
Appendix 147
Notes 163
Index 203
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