Introduction: What is "Global Comedy"?
Activity: Humor Rorschach Test
Chapter 1: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and ‘Middle Comedy’ in Modern Context
Activity: Staging Comedy
Chapter 2: Plautus and ‘New Comedy’
Connections: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Chapter 3: The Tao of Humor: Wisdom and Laughter in Zhuangzi and Liezi
Selected Writings of Zhuangzi (Basic Writings) and Leizi
Chapter 4: Commedia dell’arte: Roots and Branches
Mel Gordon, Lazzi (scenarios: "Pulcinella, The False Prince" and "Pulcinella, Physician by Force"
Chapter 5: Humor and the Politics of Place: Shakespearean Love Comedy Abroad
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
Connections: Aimé Césaire, A Tempest
Chapter 6: Insanity, Absurdity and Parody
Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
Chapter 7: Shifting Targets of Humor: Negotiating the Objects of Ridicule
Chapter 8: Versatility of Humor in Senryu: Humorous Haiku of Edo Era Japan
Connections: Senryu Today: Satirizing the "Salaryman" Life
Chapter 9: Humor and Gendered Morals: Thus Do All… Women?
Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan tutte
Chapter 10: Funny Money: Satires of Finance from Balzac to "Occupy Wall Street"
Honoré de Balzac, Mercadet
Connections: The Wolf of Wall Street
Chapter 11: Satirizing the East: The Politics of Intercultural Humor
Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado
Activity: Contemporary Comedic Stereotypes of Asia
Chapter 12: Fish Out of Water: Incongruities of Place
Hagop Baronian, Honorable Beggars
Chapter 13: Oscar Wilde and the Raskin’s Semantic Script Theory of Humor (SSTH)
Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime
Chapter 14: Ridiculing the State: Satire and National Allegory in Modern China
Lu Xun, "The True Story of Ah Q"
Chapter 15: Vernacular Theater and the Ironic Burlesque
Eduardo de Filippo, Christmas in Naples
Chapter 16: Postcolonial Tricksters and Comic Spirit
Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnificent
Chapter 17: Satires of Polygamy: Culture Clash as Incongruity Set
Ola Rotimi, Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again
Chapter 18: "Ya Mama": Abjection as Social Power
Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, Mule Bone
The Pharcyde, "Ya Mama"
Activity: Humor in Intra-group Dynamics
Chapter 19: Macabre Humor: Framing and Contextualizing for Acceptance
Edward Gorey’s Amphigorey Collections
Ken Tanaka, Everybody Dies
Activity: Why do people laugh at "sick" jokes?
Chapter 20: Humor and Children: Dr. Seuss vs. Shel Silverstein
Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham
Shel Silverstein, Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book
Chapter 21: Comedic Manga in Japan
Yakitate Ja-pan!! and Cross-Cultural Parody
Chapter 22: New Media Humor and the Ethics of Inclusion
Activity: Is it ever "just a joke"?
Chapter 23: Stand-up Comedy in History and Transnational Perspective
Trevor Griffith’s Comedians
Activity: Stand-up Brainstorming
Activity: Diagramming Stand-up Jokes
Chapter 24: Film Humor from Screenplay to Theaters
Part I: Human Nature, Charlie Kaufmann
Part II: Dogma, Kevin Smithshow more