Sweet Madness: A Study of Humor

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Written for all who are interested in the mechanics of humor, Sweet Madness presents a general discussion and introduction to the roles of paradox, metaphor, and fantasy in humor. The operation of the implicit and the unconscious in humor; the importance of humor to human life; and the development, from childhood on, of the sense of humor are discussed.

The background for this serious study is drawn from such fields as psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. William...

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Overview

Written for all who are interested in the mechanics of humor, Sweet Madness presents a general discussion and introduction to the roles of paradox, metaphor, and fantasy in humor. The operation of the implicit and the unconscious in humor; the importance of humor to human life; and the development, from childhood on, of the sense of humor are discussed.

The background for this serious study is drawn from such fields as psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. William F. Fry, in this work, presents a new theory of the structure of humor based on the sometimes little understood psychological processes experienced by those who use humor or are exposed to humor. It is these relationships with other fields of study that allows for this investigation into the anatomy of humor.

Fry, in this outstanding and erudite volume, takes a giant step in furthering our thinking about humor in transactional terms. Humor and a sense of humor are a vital part of human interactions, and as such, this book has much to contribute to the study of psychology, cultural, communications, and of coursehumor itself.

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This is a serious study well worth consideration by investigators of the nature of humor” American Literature
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870151637
  • Publisher: Pacific Books, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1968
  • Series: Paperbounds Ser.
  • Pages: 178

Meet the Author

William F. Fry is Emeritus Associate Clinical Professor at Stanford University, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry. He is the author or co-author of numerous books including Humor and Wellness in Clinical Intervention, Handbook of Humor and Psychotherapy: Advances in the Clinical Use of Humor, and Life Studies of Comedy Writers.

William F. Fry is Emeritus Associate Clinical Professor at Stanford University, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry. He is the author or co-author of numerous books including Humor and Wellness in Clinical Intervention, Handbook of Humor and Psychotherapy: Advances in the Clinical Use of Humor, and Life Studies of Comedy Writers.

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction to the Transaction Edition Part One I. A Survey of Humor II. Problems in Humor Part Two III. A Metaphoric Discussion IV. The Unconscious V. Levels of Living VI. The Uses of Humor Part Three VII. Background for Theory VIII. Humor’s Anatomy Bibiography

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