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The Intelligent Movement Machine: An Ethological Perspective on the Primate Motor System

Michael Graziano

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195326703
eISBN:
9780199864867
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326703.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems, Behavioral Neuroscience

This book offers a fundamental new theory of motor cortex organization: the rendering of the movement repertoire onto the cortex. The action repertoire of an animal is highly dimensional, whereas the ... More


INSULT HUMOR

Jerome Neu

in Sticks and Stones: The Philosophy of Insults

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195314311
eISBN:
9780199871780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314311.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

Humor, like ritual, may sometimes license otherwise offensive insults. When and why? The special genre of insult humor, including roasts, is considered along with Freud's account of the role of ... More


Happiness and Humour

Theodore Zeldin

in France 1848–1945: Volume Two: Intellect, Taste and Anxiety

Published in print:
1977
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198221258
eISBN:
9780191678424
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198221258.003.0013
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter begins with a discussion of why happiness has held such an ambiguous place in French life. In the eighteenth century, the French were as keen on happiness as the Americans. On the ... More


Memory and Identity: L'Homme qui rit

Tony James

in Dream, Creativity, and Madness in Nineteenth-Century France

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151883
eISBN:
9780191672873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151883.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, European Literature

The title of Hugo's novel L'Homme qui rit, literally translated, would be ‘The Laughing Man’. It was in fact translated into English almost immediately as By Order of the King, the title of part ii. ... More


A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

Ian Brodie

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461824
eISBN:
9781626740921
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461824.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book uses a folkloristic approach to stand-up comedy, engaging the discipline's central method of studying interpersonal, artistic communication and performance. Because stand-up comedy is a ... More


The Hell Drawer

Susan G. Davis

in Dirty Jokes and Bawdy Songs: The Uncensored Life of Gershon Legman

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042614
eISBN:
9780252051456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042614.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Legman completed and published two volumes of his studies of sexual humor, The Rationale of the Dirty Joke and No Laughing Matter. In these books he presented ... More


ROBERT SAXTON (b. 1953)The Beach in Winter: Scratby (for Tess) (2007): Text by the composer

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 2: Works Written From 2000 Onwards

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780199390960
eISBN:
9780199391011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199390960.003.0063
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter examines Robert Saxton’s The Beach in Winter: Scratby (for Tess) (2007). This piece, originally commissioned for the NMC Songbook, is now to be found as the last song of a major ... More


Audiences

Brett Mills

in The Sitcom

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637515
eISBN:
9780748671229
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637515.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Television

This chapter argues the sitcom is an especially important genre for thinking about television audiences because comedy is a form of communication that relies on audience response for its effect. The ... More


EARL KIM (1920–1998)Letters Found Near a Suicide (1954): Text by Frank Horne

Jane Manning

in Vocal Repertoire for the Twenty-First Century, Volume 1: Works Written Before 2000

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199391028
eISBN:
9780199391073
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199391028.003.0041
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies, Popular

This chapter introduces an extended scena by Earl Kim—Letters Found Near a Suicide. Kim sets three poems in a continuous span, so the work can be counted as a song cycle. The chapter reveals Kim's ... More


No Laughing Matter: Thomas Beddoes, Sr. (1760–1808)

Kenneth R. Johnston

in Unusual Suspects: Pitt's Reign of Alarm and the Lost Generation of the 1790s

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199657803
eISBN:
9780191771576
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657803.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In 1792, Thomas Beddoes, Sr. was nominated by the Oxford University chancellor to become the first holder of its Regius chair in Chemistry. But political blacklisting by anonymous detractors ... More


Inclining Towards Laughter

Sara Crangle

in Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter, and Anticipation

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640850
eISBN:
9780748651955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640850.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines Gertrude Stein's authorial attention to individual moments, which may be influenced by her narrative desire to laugh. It studies her first work, Q.E.D.; observes that her ... More


Coming into His Own: Counsellor-at-Law (1933)

Gabriel Miller

in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood's Most Celebrated Director

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780813142098
eISBN:
9780813142371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813142098.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses primarily on Wyler's first prestige project, Counselor-at-Law, starring John Barrymore. It recounts the director's behind-the-scenes problems with the star actor, but also ... More


From La Tentation de Saint Antoine to the Statute of Kalisz

Joseph P. Ansell

in Arthur Szyk: Artist, Jew, Pole

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781874774945
eISBN:
9781789623314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781874774945.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyses more of Arthur Szyk's artworks during his time in Paris. It reveals the particularities of Szyk's artistry which would remain with him for the rest of his career, such as his ... More


Sterling Brown’s Laughter Out of Hell

Rachel Trousdale

in Humor, Empathy, and Community in Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
December 2021
ISBN:
9780192895714
eISBN:
9780191916274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192895714.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Brown’s sense of humor provides guiding principles for real-world action while making the Black tradition of private anti-racist laughter public. Brown examines the violence of traditional ... More


Religion and the Death of Death

John Patrick Diggins (ed.)

in Eugene O'Neill's America: Desire Under Democracy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226148809
eISBN:
9780226148823
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226148823.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Drama

Eugene O'Neill's encounter with religion was as much personal as philosophical, and it is understandable that he would be attracted to Friedrich Nietzsche and think that he could regard the ... More


Garbo's Laugh

Maria DiBattista

in Fast-Talking Dames

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088151
eISBN:
9780300133882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088151.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter explores the phenomenon of Garbo's laughter and why it was touted as so remarkable an event in the annals of film. Its praise as a historic occasion was a savvy promotional gimmick that ... More


The Illegitimate Mother:: Souffles

Mairéad Hanrahan

in Cixous's Semi-Fictions: Thinking at the Borders of Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780748642281
eISBN:
9781474406352
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642281.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter indirectly connects with the question for which Cixous remains best known today, the notion of écriture feminine developed in her short text ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’, through ... More


Exit Laughing

William E. Ellis

in Irvin S. Cobb: The Rise and Fall of an American Humorist

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173986
eISBN:
9780813174792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173986.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

As Cobb’s career hit rock bottom, his health declined, as did daughter Buff’s second marriage. However, he started to write his life story in the late 1930s, titled Exit Laughing. Cobb’s opposition ... More


Misfitting in America: Paul Leni, Conrad Veidt, and The Man Who Laughs

Gábor Gergely

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0010
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

“Misfitting in America” offers an analysis of The Man Who Laughs that suggests the film’s importance in four key areas: (1) as a transitional piece between silent cinema and the talkies, (2) as the ... More


Masculinity and Facial Disfigurement in The Man Who Laughs

Bruce Henderson

in ReFocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474454513
eISBN:
9781474495363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454513.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

“Masculinity and Facial Disfigurement” examines Leni’s film through the lens of disability studies in film. This chapter offers a reading of The Man Who Laughs that addresses the creative liberties ... More


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