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  • Electraby A. E. Sophocles; Anne Carson; Michael Shaw

    Oxford University Press 2001; US$ 29.99

    Sophocles' "Electra" tells the story of the revenge Orestes and Electra take on their mother, Clytemnestra, for he murder of their father Agamemnon, after he returns from the Trojan War. This edition of the play is preceded by a critical introduction and is accompanied by explanatory notes. more...

  • Ethnic Humor in Multiethnic Americaby David Gillota

    Rutgers University Press 2013; US$ 25.95

    David Gillota examines the ways in which contemporary comic works both reflect and participate in national conversations about race and ethnicity. Such well-known texts as Chappelle?s Show , South Park , and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle , as well as numerous stand-up comedy acts, children?s films, and situation comedies are analyzed to... more...

  • Euripides' Escape-Tragediesby Matthew Wright

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 219.99

    This is the first major critical study of three late plays of Euripides: Helen, Andromeda and Iphigenia among the Taurians. Matthew Wright offers a sustained reading of the plays, arguing that they are a thematically connected trilogy. He re-examines central themes such as myth, geography, cultural identity, philosophy, religion, and (crucially) genre.... more...

  • The Everything Big Book of Jokesby Evan C. Thomas

    F+W Media 2014; US$ 14.99

    Have you heard the one about... You'll laugh yourself silly with The Everything Big Book of Jokes ! Inside this sidesplitting collection, you'll find only the most popular kinds of jokes, riddles, and funnies from a dynamic professional comedian, including: Short jokes, one-liners, and puns Jokes about spouses, in-laws, kids, and grandparents... more...

  • F*ck You, I'm Irishby Rashers Tierney

    Ulysses Press 2015; US$ 12.95

    "Those interested in Ireland and its history and people will find interesting reading here, sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, always informative." Foreword Reviews AN IN-YOUR-FACE COLLECTION OF TRIVIA THAT'S SURE TO INSPIRE CHEST-THUMPING PRIDE IN EVERYONE OF IRISH DESCENT From battling oppression and famine in Ireland to overcoming poverty... more...

  • Freiheit und Determinismusby Magnus Schallenberg

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 196.00

    The book contains a comprehensive commentary on Cicero's work De fato . The introductory section deals with fundamental questions from an historical and philological perspective. The main section presents a running commentary on the text. Here, the author explains the various proposals presented by Cicero of how the Hellenistic schools intended... more...

  • Funny Peculiarby Mikita Brottman

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 43.95

    Why are jokes funny? Why do we laugh? In Funny Peculiar, Mikita Brottman demurs from recent scholarship that takes laughter-- and the broader domain of humor and the comical--as a liberating social force and an endearing aspect of self-expression. For Brottman, there is nothing funny about laughter, which is less connected to mirth and feelings of... more...

  • Greatest Manc One-Linersby Ian Black

    Black & White Publishing 2013; US$ 2.17

    Greatest Manc One-Liners is the latest collection of the Manc's knack for the straightforward insults, the sly digs, and the outright naked threats, gleaned from pubs and clubs Manchester-wide by Ian Black, master of the quick sidestep. Hilarious, witty and full of priceless quirky quips, this book will make you laugh, cry and have you reciting quotes... more...

  • A Guide to The Odysseyby Ralph Hexter

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 14.36

    For those of us who know and love the incomparable Odyssey of Homer (and there are many), Dr. Hexter has created a valuable, detailed analysis, taking into account many of Homer's most fascinating subtleties. more...

  • Gus the Fox: A Scrapbookby Matt Haydock; Nick Reyniers

    Short Books 2013; US$ 10.19

    Skulking beneath London's tacky veneer live a bunch of seedy creatures that thrive in the city's murk. We once knew very little about these cadgers and spongers - sometimes animal, sometimes human, occasionally both - who go about their revolting business somewhere out there. But that was before Gus - our fox on the frontline. Through his surreal,... more...