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Taking Humour Seriously - Jerry Palmer

Taking Humour Seriously

Hardcover Published: 16th December 1993
ISBN: 9780415102667
Number Of Pages: 212
For Ages: 18 years old

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Listen to any everyday conversation: it is full of the constant interruptions and detours of humour. Look at the TV schedules for any evening - how many of the programmes are comedies, or contain a degree of humour? Humour and comedy invite our pleasure at every step we take. In Taking Humour Seriously, Jerry Palmer argues that we must take humour seriously (as well as humorously) or fail to understand a fundamental element of culture.
Taking Humour Seriously unravels humour's multi-dimensional nature. It is part of our personality and our cognitive and emotional processes and subject to the social rules which govern our behaviour on different occasions. It is integral to literary and visual narrative; it is subject to moral and aesthetic judgement and it is a rhetorical instrument. Palmer argues that only by investigating these separate dimensions that we can begin to understand the phenomenon of humour.
Taking Humour Seriously examines the role humour and comedy play in many different types of society. It looks at the many different approaches to its study - from Freud to anthropology, from literary criticism to biology. Finally it considers its limits - the things that prevent humour and comedy from delivering their usual pleasures - and explores the aesthetic value of those pleasures.

Introductionp. 1
Occasions for Humourp. 9
Joking Relationshipsp. 11
Clowns and Religionp. 24
Medieval Comedy: Fools and Follyp. 40
The Functions of Humourp. 55
Function and Functionalismp. 57
Gender and Humourp. 68
Freudp. 79
The Structure of Humourp. 91
Incongruityp. 93
Incongruity and Discursive Cuesp. 103
Humour and Narrative Structurep. 111
Comedy, Farce and Neo-Classicismp. 120
Manners, Wit and the Reform of Languagep. 132
The Limits of Humourp. 145
Comprehension and Humourp. 147
Performance and Offencep. 161
Conclusionp. 175
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780415102667
ISBN-10: 0415102669
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 16th December 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.48
Edition Number: 1