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  • Filthy Shakespeareby Pauline Kiernan

    Quercus 2014; US$ 4.99

    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...

  • The 50 Funniest American Writersby Andy Borowitz

    Library of America 2011; US$ 27.95

    Ever wondered who makes a very funny person laugh? Wonder no more. Brought together in this Library of America collection are America’s fifty funniest writers—according to acclaimed writer and comedian Andy Borowitz. Reaching back to Mark Twain and forward to contemporary masters such as David Sedaris, Nora Ephron, Roy Blount Jr., Ian Frazier, Bernie... more...

  • 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...

  • One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matterby Scaachi Koul

    Picador 2017; US$ 11.20

    A DEBUT COLLECTION OF FIERCE, FUNNY ESSAYS ABOUT GROWING UP THE DAUGHTER OF INDIAN IMMIGRANTS IN WESTERN CULTURE, ADDRESSING SEXISM, STEREOTYPES, AND THE UNIVERSAL MISERIES OF LIFE In One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter , Scaachi Koul deploys her razor-sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of... more...

  • The Politics of Humourby Martina Kessel; Patrick Merziger

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2012; Not Available

    The Politics of Humour offers an intriguing look at how entertainment helped everyday people make sense of the turmoil of the twentieth century. more...

  • Voltaire: A Very Short Introductionby Nicholas Cronk

    OUP Oxford 2017; US$ 7.99

    This Very Short Introduction examines Voltaire's (1694-1778) remarkable life and career. Exploring his most important writings, the impact his work had on our understanding of the European Enlightenment, and his status as a literary celebrity at the time, Nicholas Cronk considers his continued relevance in literature, politics, and philosophy. more...

  • The Politics of Humourby Martina Kessel; Patrick Merziger

    University of Toronto Press 2011; US$ 64.00

    The Politics of Humour offers an intriguing look at how entertainment helped everyday people make sense of the turmoil of the twentieth century. more...

  • American Humoristsby Willard Thorp

    University of Minnesota Press 1964; US$ 36.00

    AMERICANS, in the early days, imported much of their humor and made it over. Addison and Steele were influential; Dickens had his American imitators. Baron Munchausen's adventures were particularly popular in this country. Many of his tales disappeared into American folklore and rose again as transformed American tall tales. more...

  • Rationale of the Dirty Jokeby G. Legman

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 9.99

    Why do people tell dirty jokes? And what is it about a joke's dirtiness that makes it funny? G. Legman was perhaps the foremost scholar of the dirty joke, and as legions of humor writers and comedians know, his Rationale of the Dirty Joke remains the most exhaustive and authoritative study of the subject. More than two thousand jokes... more...

  • The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monsterby Bobby Henderson

    Random House Publishing Group 2010; US$ 16.00

    CAN I GET A “RAMEN” FROM THE CONGREGATION?! Behold the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM), today’s fastest growing carbohydrate-based religion. According to church founder Bobby Henderson, the universe and all life within it were created by a mystical and divine being: the Flying Spaghetti Monster. What drives the FSM’s devout followers,... more...