Ruse and Wit: The Humorous in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Narrative

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The essays in Ruse and Wit examine in detail a wide range of texts (from nonsensical prose, to ribald poetry, titillating anecdotes, edifying plays, and journalistic satire) that span the best part of a millennium of humorous and satirical writing in the Islamic world, from classical Arabic to medieval and modern Persian, and Ottoman Turkish (and by extension Modern Greek). While acknowledging significant elements of continuity in the humorous across distinct languages, divergent time periods, and disparate ...
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Overview

The essays in Ruse and Wit examine in detail a wide range of texts (from nonsensical prose, to ribald poetry, titillating anecdotes, edifying plays, and journalistic satire) that span the best part of a millennium of humorous and satirical writing in the Islamic world, from classical Arabic to medieval and modern Persian, and Ottoman Turkish (and by extension Modern Greek). While acknowledging significant elements of continuity in the humorous across distinct languages, divergent time periods, and disparate geographical regions, the authors have not shied away from the particular and the specific. When viewed collectively, the findings presented in the essays collected here underscore the belief that humor as evidenced in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish narrative is a culturally modulated phenomenon, one that demands to be examined with reference to its historical framework and one that, in turn, communicates as much about those who produced humor as it does about those who enjoyed it.
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Editorial Reviews

Christine Von Ruymbeke
This fascinating collection of articles…enriches our knowledge of classical and modern literature in the Near and Middle East, showing the importance of wit and entertainment in writing throughout history, and alerting us to the challenge of decoding the authors' play with bawdy satire and delicate humor.
Sunil Sharma
These scholarly papers offer nuanced and comparative perspectives on interconnected literary and social histories. We learn to appreciate the place of humor—in its various manifestations in the form of jokes, witticisms, obscene and bawdy tales, and puns—both in religious and specific cultural settings.
Christine von Ruymbeke
This fascinating collection of articles…enriches our knowledge of classical and modern literature in the Near and Middle East, showing the importance of wit and entertainment in writing throughout history, and alerting us to the challenge of decoding the authors' play with bawdy satire and delicate humor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674066700
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2012
  • Series: Ilex Series , #8
  • Pages: 174
  • Sales rank: 1,230,011
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominic Parviz Brookshaw is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Persian Literature at Stanford University

Olga M. Davidson is a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations at Boston University.

Anna Stavarakopoulou is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Dominic Parviz Brookshaw 1

Amphigory and Other Nonsense in Classical Arabic Literature Geert Jan van Gelder 7

Persian Humor in the International Context Ulrich Marzolph 33

Have You Heard the One about the Man from Qazvin? Regionalist Humor in the Works of 'Ubayd-i Zakani Dominic Parviz Brookshaw 44

Bawdy Anecdotes in Religious Settings: Examples from Medieval Persian Literature Olga M. Davidson 84

Playful Figures of Script in Persian and Chinese Paul Sprachman 84

Despots of the World Unite! Satire in the Iranian Constitutional Press: The Majalla-yi Istibdad, 1907-1908 Ali Gheissari 98

Humor for In-Betweeners: Sadiq Hidayat's Myth of Creation as a Cross-Cultural Phenomenon Marta Simidchieva 119

Ottoman Karagoz and Greek Shadow Theater: Communicational Shifts and Variants in a Multi-Ethnic and Ethnic Context Anna Stavrakopoulou 146

Contributors 159

Index 161

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