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.
The Comedian as Confidence Man
Studies in Irony Fatigue
In this lively and fascinating analysis of humorists and their work, Will Kaufman breaks new ground with his irony fatigue theory.
Understanding Humor in Japan
A comprehensive look at the customary differences between humor in Japan and the West, providing cultural examples and illustrative terminology in the original Japanese.
Humor, Gender, and Cultural Critique
A rhetorical analysis of female stand-up comics that explores the relationships among humor, gender, and power in contemporary culture.
Creativity and the Comic Mind
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.
Subversive Comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen
An examination of comedy and feminism in the works of early women British novelists.
Humor in Borges
Humor in Borges studies the humor embedded in the fiction of the serious and metaphysical literary figure, Jorge Luis Borges.
The Humor Prism in 20th Century American Society
The Humor Prism in Twentieth-Century America explores to what extent and in what ways American humor in the twentieth century reflects history.
Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded
Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire
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.
Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing
Still More Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire
Never Try to Teach a Pig to Sing documents the thriving folklore tradition that circulates in the workplace.
Essays on Jewish Humor
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.