Humour: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, 2014 - Humor - 126 pages
Humour is a universal feature of human life. It has been discovered in every known human culture, and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years. In this Very Short Introduction Noel Carroll considers the nature and value of humour: from its leading theories and its relation to
emotion and cognition, to ethical questions of its morality and its significance in shaping society.

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Short and informative but incredibly dry and not very engaging book about the very concept of humor. Very intellectual but not an easy read. Read full review

Contents

A very short introduction
1
The nature of humour
4
Humour emotion and cognition
55
Humour and value
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Noel Carroll, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Temple University

Noel Carroll is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Temple University. He is a renowned scholar in the fields of film theory, the philosophy of literature, the philosophy of the visual arts, and social and cultural theory. He is the author or editor of 15 books and hundreds of articles on a wide range of humanistic and cultural topics and he has already written broadly on the topic of comedy. He currently teaches courses in film and media theory, philosophy of art and philosophy of history.

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