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The thirteen chapters in this book are derived from the First International Conference on Jewish Humor held at Tel-Aviv University. The authors are scientists from the areas of literature, linguistics, sociology, psychology, history, communications, the theater, and Jewish studies. They all try to understand different aspects of Jewish humor, and they evoke associations, of a local-logical nature, with Jewish tradition. This compilation reflects the first interdisciplinary approach to Jewish humor.

The chapters are arranged in four parts. The first section relates to humor as a way of coping with Jewish identity. Joseph Dorinson's chapter underscores the dilemma facing Jewish comedians in the United States. These comics try to assimilate into American culture, but without giving up their Jewish identity. The second section of the book deals with a central function of humor—aggression. Christie Davies makes a clear distinction between jokes that present the Jew as a victim of anti-Semitic attacks and those in which the approach is not aggressive. The third part focuses on humor in the Jewish tradition. Lawrence E. Mintz writes about jokes involving Jewish and Christian clergymen. The last part of the book deals with humor in Israel. David Alexander talks about the development of satire in Israel.

Other chapters and contributors include: "Psycho-Social Aspects of Jewish Humor in Israel and in the Diaspora" by Avner Ziv; "Humor and Sexism: The Case of the Jewish Joke" by Esther Fuchs; "Halachic Issues as Satirical Elements in Nineteenth Century Hebrew Literature" by Yehuda Friedlander; "Do Jews in Israel still laugh at themselves?" by O. Nevo; and "Political Caricature as a Reflection of Israel's Development" by Kariel Gardosh. Each chapter in this volume paves the way for understanding the many facets of Jewish humor. This book will be immensely enjoyable and informative for sociologists, psychologists, and scholars of Judaic studies.

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Contains 13 chapters derived from the First International Conference on Jewish Humor held at Tel Aviv University. The authors explore different aspects of Jewish humor, and evoke associations of a local-logical nature with Jewish tradition. Four sections relate to humor as a way of coping with Jewish identity; deal with aggression; focus on humor in the Jewish tradition; and discuss humor in Israel. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009917
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Judaica and Hebraica Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 223
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Avner Ziv is professor in the Department of Psychology and Education at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Personality and Sense of Humor and the editor of National Styles of Humor.

Avner Ziv is professor in the Department of Psychology and Education at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Personality and Sense of Humor and the editor of National Styles of Humor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition 5
Shalom Aleichem's "On account of a hat" 19
The Jew as comic: Lenny Bruce, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen 29
Psycho-social aspects of Jewish humor in Israel and in the Diaspora 47
Jewish jokes, anti-Semitic jokes and Hebredonian jokes 75
Gallows humor and Jewish humor: A reading of "The Dance of Genghis Cohn" by Romain Gary 99
Humor and sexism: The case of the Jewish joke 111
The Rabbi versus the priest and other Jewish stories 125
Halachic issues as satirical elements in nineteenth century Hebrew literature 135
Tevie the milkman - intertwining Jewish destiny and humor 151
Political satire in the Israeli theatre: Another outlook on Zionism 165
What? Humor? In the news? - How serious is the news on Israeli radio 175
Do Jews in Israel still laugh at themselves? 191
Political caricature as a reflection of Israel's development 203
Scholarly Bibliography on Jewish Humor 215
Index 221
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