Engaging Humor

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University of Illinois Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 224 pages
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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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Contents

1 Appropriate Incongruity Redux
1
2 The Senses of Absurd Humor
13
3 Joke Thoughts
27
4 The Humor of Hate
41
5 Blond Ambitions and Other Signs of the Times
58
6 Humor and the Suppression of Sentiment
71
7 The Joke as Gloss
85
8 Colonizing Humor
97
9 Sigmund Freuds Jewish Joke Book
116
10 The Context of Internet Humor
129
Afterword
141
Appendix
147
Notes
163
Index
203
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Elliott Oring is a professor emeritus of anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles, and is the author of Israeli Humor, The Jokes of Sigmund Freud, and Jokes and Their Relations. He serves on the editorial board of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research.

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