Humor and Comedy in Puppetry: Celebration in Popular Culture

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Dina Sherzer, Joel Sherzer
Popular Press, 1987 - Humor - 151 pages
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This volume is about puppetry, an expression of popular and folk culture which is extremely widespread around the world and yet has attracted relatively little scholarly attention. Puppetry, which is intended for audiences of adults as well as children, is a form of communication and entertainment and an esthetic and artistic creation. Of the many aspects of puppetry worthy of scholarly study, this book's focus is on a central and dominant feature—humor and comedy.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Functions of the Comic Attendants
79
The Form and Function of Humor in the Liege
106
Humor and AntiHumor in Western Puebloan
127
Contributors
151
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About the author (1987)

Joel Sherzer is professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been carrying out research among the Kuna Indians since 1970. He has written Verbal Art in San Blas: Kuna culture through its discourse , as well as numerous articles dealing with Kuna language, culture, society, and literature.

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