Subversive Laughter: The Liberating Power of Comedy

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Free Press, 1994 - Social Science - 220 pages
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From Charlie Chaplin's parody of the great dictator to Richard Pryor's demysticism of racism, the funniest, noblest comedy has always been rooted in hostility to oppression. Now Ron Jenkins shows how comics around the world use their art to combat political and social tyranny in everyday life.

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This is one of those books in which the parts are greater than the whole. Many of the chapters, separately considered (which is the way some of them have been published), are quite intriguing and full ... Read full review

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One of the very best, if not THE best book about subversive comedy I have ever read. The author is a professional clown and college teacher, has a Masters of Buffoonery degree from Ringling Brother ... Read full review


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Ron Jenkins is General Manager at the International Centre for Diffraction Data in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He has been involved in X-ray research for over thirty years and has received several professional awards. Dr. Jenkins is the author of X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry, An Introduction to X-ray Spectrometry, and six other books, as well as numerous papers and audio courses. He also wrote the section on X-ray technology in Kirk-Othmer Encyclo-pedia of Chemical Technology.
Robert L. Snyder is Professor of Ceramic Science at New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and Director of the university's Institute for Ceramic Superconduc-tivity. A Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, Professor Snyder is the author of two previous books and more than 200 published papers. He is active in numerous professional organizations and speaks frequently at conferences.

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