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Theories of Humor

William V. Costanzo

in When the World Laughs: Film Comedy East and West

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780190924997
eISBN:
9780190925031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190924997.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 1 offers a survey of humanity’s best efforts to understand humor: what it is, how it works, and why it is important. It examines the most prominent theories and beliefs, describes recent ... More


Nursing Mothers and National Identity

Trubowitz Rachel

in Nation and Nurture in Seventeenth-Century English Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199604739
eISBN:
9780191741074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604739.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter explores why the revalued figure of the nursing mother has political and religious appeal for both Reformers and traditionalists. The new mother's equivocal valences find diverse ... More


Introduction

Kathryn H. Fuller-Seeley

in Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295049
eISBN:
9780520967946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295049.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Radio

Jack Benny was the most successful of radio’s comedians. In 23 years of weekly broadcasts, Benny indelibly shaped American humor through this powerful mass medium, and became one of the most ... More


Presenting Utterances: Sarcasm, Irony, and Humor

Ernie Lepore and Matthew Stone

in Imagination and Convention: Distinguishing Grammar and Inference in Language

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780198717188
eISBN:
9780191785931
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198717188.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter examines cases that are generally thought of as non-serious, echoic, or pretenseful uses of utterances. In particular, it explores sarcasm, which is described as an invitation to explore ... More


Melancholy, Ecstasy, Phantasma: The Pathologies of Macbeth

Suparna Roychoudhury

in Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501726552
eISBN:
9781501726569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501726552.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter considers the broad pathological discourse of imagination, particularly the relation between faculty psychology and the Galenic theory of humors. While imaginative hallucination and ... More


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