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

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 139.7 x 218.44 x 15.24mm | 317.51g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 8 line drawings
  • 0252075935
  • 9780252075933
  • 1,088,002

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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"This readable, well-reasoned book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in humor. Highly recommended." Choice "A profound as well as clear and entertaining book." Folklore "Engaging Humor leads the pack... It is thoughtful and learned without being dull or pedantic; it combines a folklorist's attention to the social life of jokes with the textual critic's appreciation of verbal nuance. Courage marks every chapter." Studies in American Humor "A useful source to anyone working on the philosophy of humor. It is also a very good read." Philosophy in Reviewshow more

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