Elliott Oring asks essential questions concerning humorous expression in contemporary society, examining how humor works, why it is employed, and what its messages might be. This provocative book is filled with examples of jokes and riddles that reveal humor to be a meaningful--even significant--form of expression. Oring provides alternate ways of thinking about humorous expressions by examining their contexts--not just their contents. Engaging Humor demonstrates that when analyzed contextually and comparatively, humorous expressions emerge as communications that are startling, intriguing, and profound.
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1 Appropriate Incongruity Redux
2 The Senses of Absurd Humor
3 Joke Thoughts
4 The Humor of Hate
5 Blond Ambitions and Other Signs of the Times
6 Humor and the Suppression of Sentiment
7 The Joke as Gloss
8 Colonizing Humor
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