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  • Humour in Chinese Life and Cultureby Jessica Milner Davis; Jocelyn Chey

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2013; US$ 75.00

    Despite China’s widespread censorship devices, the internet now favours documentation of the ephemeral but creative humour of today’s netizens. Humour in Chinese Life and Culture covers modern and contemporary forms of humour in China’s public and private spheres, including comic films and novels, cartooning, pop songs, internet jokes,... more...

  • André Maurois (1885-1967)by Lionel Gossman

    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...

  • Machine-Age Comedyby Michael North

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 20.99

    Series Editors' Foreword. Preface. Introduction. Part I. 1. Camera Men. 2. Mickey's Mechanical Man. 3. Goldberg Variations. Part II. 4. Wyndham Lewis, Soldier of Humor. 5. Beckett's Machinations. 6. A More than Infinite Jest. Conclusion more...

  • Wonderlandby Daniel Doen Silberberg

    Parallax Press 2009; US$ 9.99

    An exceptionally original riff on Alice in Wonderland, Daniel Silberberg?s Wonderland uses Lewis Carroll?s classic story as a jumping-off point to convey the Zen concept of ?One Mind?. Using a lively mix of tone, quotation, and levels of discourse, he references everything from Timeless Spring and the Diamond Sutra to Kill Bill and ketchup,... more...

  • No Jokeby Ruth R. Wisse

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 24.95

    Humor is the most celebrated of all Jewish responses to modernity. In this book, Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking--as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S. Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. At the same time, Wisse draws attention... more...

  • Comedyby Andrew Stott

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 24.95

    Rather than attempting to produce a totalising definition of 'the comic', this volume focuses on the significance of comic 'events' through study of various theoretical methodologies, including deconstruction, psychoanalysis and gender theory. more...

  • How to Write a New York Times Bestseller in Ten Easy Stepsby Jason Mulgrew

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 0.00

    Download, for free!, a hilarious essay by New York Times bestselling author Jason Mulgrew, plus get a sneak peek from his new book, 236 Pounds of Class Vice President , available February 12, 2013. For a few "glorious" weeks, Jason Mulgrew's first book, Everything Is Wrong with Me , appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, before dropping... more...

  • Sense and Nonsensibilityby Lawrence Douglas; Alexander George

    Touchstone 2007; US$ 14.95

    Two widely published humor columnists and "bad boys" of academia take their wit and wisdom to dazzling new lows in this irreverent send-up of highbrow literary culture. At last, the thinking person's take on the life of the mind in today's increasingly mindless age. Sense and Nonsensibility pokes fun at everyone from spoof-proof scholars to... more...

  • The Primer of Humor Researchby Victor Raskin

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 168.00

    The book provides a definitive view of the field of humor research for both beginning and established scholars in a variety of fields who are developing an interest in humor and need to familiarize themselves with the available body of knowledge. Each chapter of the book is devoted to an important aspect of humor research or to a disciplinary approach... more...

  • Ophelia Joined the Group Maidens Who Don't Floatby Sarah Schmelling

    Penguin Group US 2009; US$ 15.00

    Read Sarah Schmelling's posts on the Penguin Blog. When humorist Sarah Schmelling transformed Hamlet into a Facebook news feed on McSweeney?s , it launched the next big humor trend?Facebook lit. In this world, the king ?pokes? the queen, Hamlet becomes a fan of daggers, and Ophelia renounces her interest in moody princes. Now, what began... more...