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  • Very Serious Thingby Nancy A. Walker

    University of Minnesota Press 1988; US$ 54.00

    Defines why women have been blocked from participating in the mainstream of American comedy yet have overcome hurdles to produce a humor that is sustaining and spells survival for women in society. more...

  • Linguistics of Laughter: Partingtonby Alan Partington

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    The Linguistics of Laughter examines what speakers try to achieve by producing ?laughter-talk? (the talk preceding and eliciting an episode of laughter) and, by using abundant examples from language corpora, what hearers are signalling when they produce laughter. In particular, Alan Partington focuses on the tactical use of laughter-talk to achieve... more...

  • Laughing Fit to Killby Glenda Carpio; Albert J. Grudzinskas; John M. Bradford; Daniel J. Brodsky; Paul Appelbaum

    Oxford University Press, USA 2008; US$ 18.99

    Introduction. 1. "Laffin fit ter kill:" Black Humor in the Fiction of William Wells Brown and Charles W. Chesnutt. 2. The Conjurer Recoils: Slavery in Richard Pryor and Chappelle's Show. 3. Conjuring the Mysteries of Slavery: Voodoo, Fetishism, and Stereotype in Ishmael Reed's Flight to Canada. 4. "A Comedy of the Grotesque":... more...

  • Humor and the Eccentric Text in Puerto Rican Literatureby Israel Reyes

    UPF 2001; US$ 44.95

    Reyes analyzes the works of Nemesio Canales, Luis Rafael Sanchez, Ana Lydia Vega, and Pedro Pietri to argue that their works resituate the parameters of national identity by blurring the lines between the subject and object of humor, the inside and outside of the text, and the here and there of the diasporic Puerto Rican nation. more...

  • Word Wizardby Richard Lederer

    St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 19.99

    After a multi-decade career of stimulating readers to appreciate and laugh at the glories and oddities of our English language, beloved language maven Richard Lederer has collected his very best and most popular pieces in Word Wizard . In this career-capping anthology the reader will find essays that enlighten, inspire, and tickle the funny bone.... more...

  • The Wicked Wit of Jane Austenby Dominique Enright

    Michael O'Mara 2011; US$ 6.99

    An absorbing collection of Jane Austen's sharpest, most profound, and most amusing observations   "A lady without a family, was the very best preserver of furniture in the world."  — Persuasion   Featuring wry insights on human nature, money, marriage, life, and society, these inimitable quotes are taken directly from Jane Austen's novels... more...

  • The Comic Genius of Clémont Marotby Honor J. Aldred

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2009; US$ 159.95

    In this work, theories of comedy are used to examine the techniques and processes in Marot’s poetry. It begins by considering his use of humor in its historical context, his story-telling skills, and his skill in manipulating language for humor, especially in puns, quotation and allusion. The full extent of the inspiration Marot draws from François... more...

  • A Curious Invitationby Suzette Field

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    Forty of the greatest fictional festivities as seen through the eyes of the world's greatest writers. People love to party. And writers love to attend and document these occasions. The party is a useful literary device, not only for social commentary and satire but also as an occasion where characters can meet, fall in and out of love, or even get... more...

  • 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...