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Semites and Stereotypes: Characteristics of Jewish Humor
     

Semites and Stereotypes: Characteristics of Jewish Humor

by Avner Ziv (Editor), Anat Zajdman (Editor)
 

With an ongoing international conference, Jewish humor in recent years has been a subject of serious scholarly inquiry. Most academic publications, however, have been individual works representing a particular thesis or viewpoint, generally on literary aspects. The present collection of essays by scholars from England, France, the United States, Denmark, Israel,

Overview

With an ongoing international conference, Jewish humor in recent years has been a subject of serious scholarly inquiry. Most academic publications, however, have been individual works representing a particular thesis or viewpoint, generally on literary aspects. The present collection of essays by scholars from England, France, the United States, Denmark, Israel, and Australia explores characteristics of Jewish humor from a variety of perspectives, including anthropology, literature, psychology, sociology, and religion.

Geographically, the work distinguishes between the Jewish humor of Israel and that of the diaspora; historically, it traces Jewish humor to the Bible. The linkages with Judaism and the Yiddish language are explored. Essays deal with the Jewish use of humor in stressful and tragic situations, with self-disparagement in Jewish humor, with anti-semitism and stereotyping, and with Jewish women as the objects of humor. The contributions to world culture of humorists Sholom Aleichem, Woody Allen, Philip Roth, Charlie Chaplin, and numerous contemporary performers are discussed as are the Jewish theorists of humor, including Sigmund Freud, Henri Bergson, and Arthur Koestler. An interdisciplinary book, it will be of interest to students and researchers of Jewish tradition and folklore, Jewish-American literature, American studies, and humor, popular culture, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313261350
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/1993
Series:
Contributions in Ethnic Studies Series , #31
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1340L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

AVNER ZIV is Professor of Psychology in the School of Education at Tel Aviv University, Israel, where his main research specialties are psychology of humor, adolescence, giftedness, and counseling and psychotherapy./e He is the author of eighteen books in Hebrew, English, and French, including Personality and Sense of Humor and National Styles of Humor (Greenwood Press 1988), as well as many dozens of articles in scholarly and professional journals, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries.

ANAT ZAJDMAN is an assistant in the Department of Education at the University of Haifa, Israel, where she is engaged in educational research, particularly on the educational aspects of the use of humor in schools and the implications of humor in interpersonal communication./e She has published on these topics in the Hebrew journals Reading Circles and Studies in Education and, in English, in Humor and Communication and Cognition.

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