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Humor

  • How to Be a Heroineby Samantha Ellis

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 14.95

    While debating literature?s greatest heroines with her best friend, thirtysomething playwright Samantha Ellis has a revelation?her whole life, she's been trying to be Cathy Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights when she should have been trying to be Jane Eyre. With this discovery, she embarks on a retrospective look at the literary ladies?the characters... more...

  • The Narrative Imaginationby Armine Avakian Kotin

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Philippe de Vigneulles (1471--1528), cloth merchant and hosier from the city of Metz, wrote a collection of comic short stories which he called Cent Nouvelles ou contes joyeux. The work constitutes an important step in the development of the nouvelle form in France. In an extended explication, Ms. Kotin analyzes the tales for the modern reader, historically,... more...

  • Mark Twainby Jr. Harold H. Kolb

    UPA 2014; US$ 99.99

    Twain is America?s best known humorous writer, yet many commentators have thought of humor as merely an attractive surface feature of Twain?s writings. Kolb shows that humor is at the center of Twain?s talent, his successes, and his limitations, and it is as a humorist that he is best understood. more...

  • Lucian and His Roman Voicesby Eleni Bozia

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 125.00

    Lucian and His Roman Voices examines cultural exchanges, political propaganda, and religious conflicts in the Early Roman Empire through the eyes of Lucian, his contemporary Roman authors, and Christian Apologists. Offering a multi-faceted analysis of the Lucianic corpus, this book explores how Lucian, a Syrian who wrote in Greek and who became... more...

  • 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 2014; Not Available

    The works of William Shakespeare contain at least 400 puns on male and female genitals. Despite the richness and breathtaking scope of his sexual language, too little attention has been paid to the sheer salacious inventiveness of his indecent puns - until now. His plays and poems pulsate with puns on body parts and what they do. Filthy Shakespeare... more...

  • Filthy Shakespeareby Pauline Kiernan

    Quercus 2014; US$ 17.81

    The works of William Shakespeare contain at least 400 puns on male and female genitals. Despite the richness and breathtaking scope of his sexual language, too little attention has been paid to the sheer salacious inventiveness of his indecent puns - until now. His plays and poems pulsate with puns on body parts and what they do. Filthy Shakespeare... 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 University Press 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$ 46.66

    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...

  • Die Knopp-Show bei Wilhelm Busch: Funktionsweisen der Komik in Wilhelm Buschs Knopp-Trilogieby Petra Brüning

    Diplomica Verlag 2014; US$ 32.12

    Warum schmunzeln wir, wenn der Erzähler in der Knopp-Trilogie resümiert: ?Vater werden ist nicht schwer, Vater sein dagegen sehr?? Wie viel Identifikationspotential darf das Komische enthalten, um zum Lachen anzuregen? Wie steht es auf der anderen Seite mit der Forderung nach Distanz? Wann ist die Bedingung der Überraschung von Bedeutung, und wer darf... more...