Engaging Humor

Engaging Humor

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Elliott Oring asks essential questions concerning humorous expression in contemporary society, examining how humor works, why it is employed, and what its messages might be. This provocative book is filled with examples of jokes and riddles that reveal humor to be a meaningful--even significant--form of expression. Oring provides alternate ways of thinking about humorous expressions by examining their contexts--not just their contents. Engaging Humor demonstrates that when analyzed contextually and comparatively, humorous expressions emerge as communications that are startling, intriguing, and profound.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 154.9 x 240.3 x 21.3mm | 480.82g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252027868
  • 9780252027864

About Elliott Oring

Elliott Oring is a professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles, and is the author of Israeli Humor, The Jokes of Sigmund Freud, and Jokes and Their Relations. He serves on the editorial board of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.show more

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ADVANCE PRAISE "I have read well over a hundred books on humor. None is superior to this one in clarity of expression or liveliness of ideas." -- John Morreall, author of Taking Laughter Seriously and Humor Works and review editor of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research from 1988 to 1999show more

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