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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


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


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


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


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


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


Crooked Appalachia: The Laughter of the Melungeon Witches in Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: The Crooked Man

Joseph Michael Sommers

in Comics and the U.S. South

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030185
eISBN:
9781621032212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030185.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The Melungeons are a group of miscegenated people shrouded in mystery and mythology. Represented by Mike Mignola in his 2008 comic book mini-series Hellboy: The Crooked Man, they have been described ... More


Laughing Doves: U.S. Antiwar Satire from Niagara to Fallujah

Aaron Winter

in A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030062
eISBN:
9781617030079
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030062.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

The darkly humorous mode of antiwar critique in Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and the satirical newspaper The Onion: America’s Finest News Source has been a prevalent trope of oppositional politics ... More


Items The Plays, Novels, Short Fiction and Non-Fiction of Jack Kahane

in Obelisk: A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311017
eISBN:
9781846313684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313684.005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter presents a list of plays, novels, short stories, and non–fiction written by Jack Kahane. These include Two Plays published by Sherratt and Hughes, Laugh and Grow Rich published by Grant ... 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


Humor in the Music Classroom

Bridget Sweet

in Growing Musicians: Teaching Music in Middle School and Beyond

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199372065
eISBN:
9780190457662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372065.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

Chapter 6 focuses on humor in the adolescent music classroom. Adolescents can be very funny people and humor provides a natural way to connect with and guide them. In addition, as adolescents can ... More


Beyond the Smile: Nontraditional Facial, Emotional, and Social Behaviors

Robert R. Provine

in The Science of Facial Expression

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780190613501
eISBN:
9780190613525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190613501.003.0011
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

With the expectation that innovation, insight, and discovery will come from researching neglected topics, this chapter explores human instincts, including yawning, laughing, vocal crying, emotional ... More


Anesthetic Revelation

Christopher Partridge

in High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of Transcendence in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190459116
eISBN:
9780190459147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190459116.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter explores the fascinating confluence of medicine and metaphysics during the nineteenth century, central to which was the discovery of anesthetics. Often a visit to the dentist led not ... More


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