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- Beautiful Books 2011; US$ 8.99
The perfect smartly funny companion read to the Hitchiker's Guide: In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, author Douglas Adams famously proposed that the answer to the question What is the meaning of Life? was the number 42. Why that number? Over the years, many theories have been put forward, but Adams steadfastly refused to clarify. It... more...
- Hamilton Books 2010; US$ 37.99
This book adds parodies Aesop, perhaps the world's best-known author, produced hundreds of fables that have been re-told countless times, on a one-to-one basis. By turns hilarious, poignant, and profound, the more than 200 entries in After Aesop will instruct and entertain a diverse modern audience. more...
- University of Minnesota Press 1964; US$ 36.00
AMERICANS, in the early days, imported much of their humor and made it over. Addison and Steele were influential; Dickens had his American imitators. Baron Munchausen's adventures were particularly popular in this country. Many of his tales disappeared into American folklore and rose again as transformed American tall tales. more...
- Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 45.00
Respected by his peers and hugely successful internationally in his own time, André Maurois is now hardly read. Moderate and conciliatory in everything, including his literary style, he appealed to the educated reader of his time, but did those very qualities prevent him from achieving lasting distinction and impact? more...
- St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 8.99
Jon Winokur defines and classifies irony and contrasts it with coincidence and cynicism, and other oft-confused concepts that many think are ironic. He looks at the different forms irony can take, from an irony deficiency to visual irony to an understatement, using photographs and relate-able examples from pop culture. * "Irony in Action"... more...
- Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 42.00
Survey of satirical poems and prose narratives of the Romantic period, with bibliographical details. more...
- LSU Press 2007; US$ 29.95
Though the phrase "Calvinist humor" may seem to be an oxymoron, Michael Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times far into the twentieth century. Calvinist doctrine views mankind as fallen, apt to engage... more...
- Editions Rodopi 2005; US$ 91.00
Humour is a key feature, laughter a central element, disrespect a vital textual strategy of postcolonial transcultural practice. Devices such as irony, parody, and subversion, can be subsumed under an interventionist stance and have accordingly received some critical attention. But literary and cultural postcolonial criticism has been marked by a restraint... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00
Henri Bergson ? Laughter George Meredith ? An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher Laughter is a mystery?a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter,"... more...
- Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 24.95
What is comedy? Andrew Stott tackles this question through an investigation of comic forms, theories and techniques, tracing the historical definitions of comedy from Aristotle to Chris Morris's Brass Eye via Wilde and Hancock. Rather than attempting to produce a totalising definition of 'the comic', this volume focuses on the significance of comic... more...