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  • Philoctetesby Sophocles

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 14.99

    Centering on the Greek army's attempt to win the trust of their master bowman Philoctetes, without whom they cannot win the Trojan War, Philoctetes is a morally complex and timelessly relevant meditation on ends and means, on patriotism, and on the relationship between public duty and private interest. more...

  • "Ohne Spaß gibt's nichts zu lachen"by Stefanie Çetin; Sebastian Schmideler; Johan Zonneveld

    Tectum Verlag 2014; US$ 23.13

    Erich Kästner gilt als witziger Schriftsteller und Humor ist ein wesentlicher Bestandteil seines Stils. Doch worin besteht der typische kästnersche Humor und welchen Zweck erfüllt er? Stefanie Çetin analysiert Manifestationen und Funktionen des Humors in Kästners Kinderliteratur. Anhand zahlreicher komischer Beispiele liefert sie ein konkretes Verständnis... more...

  • Prankstersby Kembrew McLeod

    NYU Press 2014; US$ 59.00

    From Benjamin Franklin's newspaper hoax that faked the death of his rival to Abbie Hoffman’s attempt to levitate the Pentagon, pranksters, hoaxers, and con artists have caused confusion, disorder, and laughter in Western society for centuries. Profiling the most notorious mischief makers from the 1600s to the present day,  Pranksters... more...

  • The Literature of Satireby Charles A. Knight

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 37.00

    This is an accessible but sophisticated study of satire from the classics to the present. more...

  • Two Nuns In A Bathby Geoff Tibballs

    Constable & Robinson 2009; US$ 11.65

    A brand-new, fantastic, enormous collection of 5,000 jokes, gags and one-liners -- indexed and categorised to help with finding the right joke for any occasion or audience, from Bar-Mitzvahs to bar-rooms. Two Nuns in a Bath is the consummate collection, with jokes on every subject under the sun, from lawyers to low-energy light bulbs. Two nuns... more...

  • Total Frat Moveby W.R. Bolen

    Grand Central Publishing 2013; US$ 9.99

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLER Put simply, it's time for a national update on college fraternities. Greek life today makes Animal House look like a Pixar movie. The amount of alcohol that is being consumed, promiscuous sex that is being enjoyed, and intense drug-induced raging that is taking place on campuses across the country has quietly... more...

  • F My Lifeby Maxime Valette; Guillaume Passaglia; Didier Guedj

    Michael O' Mara Books 2012; US$ 9.99

    Including snapshot anecdotes, this title describes the various moments of the people that have ruined their day. more...

  • Blackboard Blundersby Richard Benson

    Summersdale Publishers Ltd. 2012; US$ 7.99

    Last week it was Jack's berthday. He brort a cak to school and we all had a pis.''On our activity holiday Dad wanted to ride the hores, but Mom said they were to ekspensiv.'Children are at their funniest when trying to be serious, and their earnest attempts at mastering the English language are a goldmine of unintentional humour.This... more...

  • The Deranged Book for Old-Timersby Marcus Waring

    Summersdale Publishers Ltd. 2012; US$ 13.99

    It might have been fun and games once to have adventures, make catapults or learn about fossils, but what about now you are starting to feel a bit fossilised yourself? You just know you are going to suffer a ghastly accident if you attempt to make a tree house.'The Deranged Book for Old-Timers' offers advice on life’s more sedate pleasures,... more...

  • The Little Black Book of Chat-up Lines and Flirtingby Jake Harris

    Summersdale Publishers Ltd. 2012; US$ 7.99

    I think there’s something wrong with my phone. Could you try calling it for me to see if it rings?Would you touch me, so I can tell my friends I’ve been touched by an angel?You remind me of a parking ticket. You’ve got ‘fine’ written all over you.Have you ever been surrounded by hotties and stuck for an opening line? Raise... more...