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Humor in Life and Letters Series

Titles in the Humor in Life and Letters Series make a serious contribution to the study of humor in a variety of cultural contexts and range from books of humor to books about humor, including studies of humor in literature. The series includes a mix of monographs, edited collections, and reprints. We are not currently accepting submissions for this series.

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Understanding Humor in Japan

Edited by Jessica Milner Davis

A comprehensive look at the customary differences between humor in Japan and the West, providing cultural examples and illustrative terminology in the original Japanese.

Paperback
Published: February 2006
ISBN: 9780814331651
eBOOK
Published: February 2006
ISBN: 9780814340912

Performing Marginality

Humor, Gender, and Cultural Critique

Joanne R. Gilbert

A rhetorical analysis of female stand-up comics that explores the relationships among humor, gender, and power in contemporary culture.

Paperback
Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9780814328033
eBOOK
Published: April 2004
ISBN: 9780814337448

Writing Humor

Creativity and the Comic Mind

Mary Ann Rishel

Learn how to expand the humor in your imagination into the most fulfilling and fun-filled genres in creative writing—from comedy to a satirical essay to a joke monologue—with the help of Writing Humor, the first textbook of its kind for college students.

Paperback
Published: April 2002
ISBN: 9780814329603
Hardback
Published: April 2002
ISBN: 9780814329597

Laughing Feminism

Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen

Audrey Bilger

An examination of comedy and feminism in the works of early women British novelists.

Paperback
Published: February 2002
ISBN: 9780814330548

Humor in Borges

René de Costa

Humor in Borges studies the humor embedded in the fiction of the serious and metaphysical literary figure, Jorge Luis Borges.

Hardback
Published: April 2000
ISBN: 9780814328880

The Humor Prism in 20th Century American Society

Edited by Joseph Boskin

The Humor Prism in Twentieth-Century America explores to what extent and in what ways American humor in the twentieth century reflects history.

Paperback
Published: August 1997
ISBN: 9780814325971

Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded

Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire

Alan Dundes and Carl R. Pagter

Anyone who has ever filled in a form in triplicate, taken an aptitude test, or been rebuffed by a form letter will appreciate the urban folklore found in this collection.

Paperback
Published: December 1992
ISBN: 9780814324325
eBOOK
Published: December 1992
ISBN: 9780814337417

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing

Still More Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire

Alan Dundes
Carl R. Pagter

Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing documents the thriving folklore tradition that circulates in the workplace.

Paperback
Published: June 1991
ISBN: 9780814323588
Hardback
Published: June 1991
ISBN: 9780814323571
eBOOK
Published: June 1991
ISBN: 9780814337400

Jewish Wry

Essays on Jewish Humor

Edited with an Introduction by Sarah Blacher Cohen

Jewish Wry examines the development of Jewish humor in a series of essays on topics that range from Sholom Aleichem's humor to Jewish comediennes through to the humor of Philip Roth.

Paperback
Published: December 1990
ISBN: 9780814323663