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Humor

  • The Novel Life of PG Wodehouseby Roderick Easdale

    Andrews UK 2014; US$ 4.99

    Was PG Wodehouse really a traitor, a naive simpleton dominated by his wife and out of touch with the world around him? This book challenges many of the accepted wisdoms about PG Wodehouse and his work and skilfully entwines details of Wodehouse's life with an analysis of his work to show that, contrary to popular belief, many of the scenarios,... more...

  • Filthy Shakespeareby Pauline Kiernan

    Quercus Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    A brilliant and bawdy exploration of the riotous sexual imagery and double meanings that made Shakespeare the most popular playwright of his day. more...

  • Women and Comedyby Peter Dickinson; Anne Higgins; Paul Matthew St. Pierre; Diana Solomon; Sean Zwagerman; Regina Barreca; Jacky Bratton; Gilli Bush-Bailey; Lisa Colletta; Joanne Gilbert; Barbara Gold; Tarez Samra Graban; Shannon Hengen; Kirsty Johnston; Joanna Mansbridge; Linda A. Morris; Dolores O?Higgins; Lisa Perfetti; Kay Young

    Fairleigh Dickinson 2014; US$ 79.99

    Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice brings together leading researchers from Canada, the United States, and Europe in an interdisciplinary collection of essays to chart the future of critical inquiry in gender and comedy studies. Bridging research, performance, and reception, and making bold connections across genres, periods, and fields,... 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...

  • The Big Book of Ironyby Jon Winokur

    St. Martin's Press 2013; US$ 8.99

    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"... 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...

  • Southern Frontier Humorby Ed Piacentino

    University Press of Mississippi 2013; US$ 150.00

    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. Beyond Southern Frontier Humor: Prospects and Possibilities represents the next step in this revival, providing a series... more...

  • Comedyby Henri Bergson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 16.00

    Henri Bergson ? Laughter George Meredith ? An Essay on Comedy Introduction & Appendix on The Meanings of Comedy by Wylie Sypher      Laughter is a mystery?a mystery which defines man. Brought together in this volume are two classic studies of the nature of laughter and comedy. The great French philosopher Henri Bergson develops, in "Laughter,"... 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...