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  • The Comic Imagination in Modern African Literature and Cinemaby Maik Nwosu

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This book is a seminal study that significantly expands the interdisciplinary discourse on African literature and cinema by exploring Africa?s under-visited carnivalesque poetics of laughter. Focusing on modern African literature as well as contemporary African cinema, particularly the direct-to-video Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood, the... more...

  • The Wisdom of Oscar Wildeby Philosophical Library

    Philosophical Library/Open Road 2010; US$ 7.99

    A comprehensive selection of his quips, aphorisms, and wit One of the most well known personalities of his day, Oscar Wilde charmed and beguiled readers and audiences with his eloquent and biting observations, his smart quips, and the witticisms peppering his own speech and the speech of his characters. The Wisdom of Oscar Wilde collects both... more...

  • The Big Book of Ironyby Jon Winokur

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 17.99

    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" looks... more...

  • Cheeky Fictionsby Susanne Reichl; Mark Stein

    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...

  • The Gentle Art of Making Enemiesby James M. Whistler

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 12.95

    Whistler's Gentle Art, a classic in the literature of insult and denigration, might well be subtitled "The Autobiography of a Hater," for it contains the deadly sarcasm and stinging remarks of one of the wittiest men of the nineteenth century. Whistler not only refused to tolerate misunderstanding by critics and the so-called art-loving public ?... more...

  • Housebrokenby Laurie Notaro

    Random House Publishing Group 2016; US$ 17.00 US$ 12.99

    #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurie Notaro isn?t exactly a domestic goddess?unless that means she fully embraces her genetic hoarding predisposition, sneaks peeks at her husband?s daily journal, or has made a list of the people she wants on her Apocalypse Survival team (her husband?s not on it). Inspired by Victorian household manuals, Notaro... more...

  • Life, End ofby Christine Brooke-Rose

    Carcanet 2012; US$ 10.91

    She is eighty. Facing death, she considers her experiments with narrative, and with the narrative of her life. What is the purpose of the narrative she is creating here, and what the purpose of the life that lives it in the writing? At the centre of Life, End of, in a mock-technical lecture from the Character to the Author, she comes to accept that... more...

  • Southern Frontier Humorby Ed Piacentino

    University Press of Mississippi 2013; US$ 60.00

    Since its inception in the early 1830s, southern frontier humor (also known as the humor of the Old Southwest) has had enduring appeal. The onset of the new millennium precipitated an impressive rejuvenation of scholarly interest. Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches represents the next step in this revival, providing a series of essays with... more...

  • Twain's Brandby Judith Yaross Lee

    University Press of Mississippi 2013; US$ 55.00

    A study of what made Mark Twain a pioneer of American comedy today more...

  • After Aesopby Steven Carter

    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...