Readings from the 7th International Conference on Humour

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Readings from Seventh International Conference on Humour is a collection of papers presented, largely from an Australian perspective, at the Conference held at University of New South Wales in Sydney. The topics are wide-ranging, including Australian humour in Britain, ethnic comedy, women as humorists, perceptions of sarcasm, theological views of humour and humour in marketing. They show that comedy is certainly entertainment, but it is more than that. It is a subject worthy of serious study, to which Australian...
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Overview

Readings from Seventh International Conference on Humour is a collection of papers presented, largely from an Australian perspective, at the Conference held at University of New South Wales in Sydney. The topics are wide-ranging, including Australian humour in Britain, ethnic comedy, women as humorists, perceptions of sarcasm, theological views of humour and humour in marketing. They show that comedy is certainly entertainment, but it is more than that. It is a subject worthy of serious study, to which Australian scholars are making an important contribution. Humour, they say, is applicable to almost every sphere of life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780868404400
  • Publisher: UNSW Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Pages: 158

Table of Contents

Panel of Referees 7
Contributors 8
Foreword: Quo Vadis? in Humour Research 9
Introduction 12
1 The Progress of Australian Humour in Britain 15
2 Setting Limits: Humour and Australian National Identity 33
3 A Cross-cultural Comparison of Cartoon Perception 43
4 Peter Carey's Tristan Smith as Paraplegic Picaro 52
5 Ethnic and Multicultural Comedy in Australia 57
6 Humour in a 'New Light': Early Responses to X-Rays 68
7 Truthtellers or Gadflies? Women as Humorists 80
8 Managing the Unmanageable: The Chicken, Stork and Banana Skin 90
9 Where Does This Hulot Guy Fit In? A Typology of Film Comedy 101
10 Understanding Sarcasm: Clues from Studies of Brain Damage 112
11 Between Heaven and Earth: A Theological View of Humour 120
12 A Theory of Humour and Laughter 128
13 Establishing a Laughter Room in a Rural Hospital 134
14 Making Selling Fun 140
15 Measuring Humour in Advertising Research 145
16 Campbell McComas and Australian Corporate Comedy 155
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