1st Edition

Global Comedy and Humour Studies

ISBN 9781138921603
Published January 1, 2021 by Routledge

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Book Description

This clear and engaging book opens the study of global comedy and humor theory to undergraduate students by introducing theoretical, historical, and philosophical issues in comparative literary and cultural contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is "Global Comedy"?

Activity: Humor Rorschach Test

Chapter 1: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and ‘Middle Comedy’ in Modern Context

Aristophanes, Lysistrata

Activity: Staging Comedy

Chapter 2: Plautus and ‘New Comedy’

Plautus, Mostellaria

Connections: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Chapter 3: The Tao of Humor: Wisdom and Laughter in Zhuangzi and Liezi

Selected Writings of Zhuangzi (Basic Writings) and Leizi

Chapter 4: Commedia dell’arte: Roots and Branches

Mel Gordon, Lazzi (scenarios: "Pulcinella, The False Prince" and "Pulcinella, Physician by Force"

Chapter 5: Humor and the Politics of Place: Shakespearean Love Comedy Abroad

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Connections: Aimé Césaire, A Tempest

Chapter 6: Insanity, Absurdity and Parody

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Chapter 7: Shifting Targets of Humor: Negotiating the Objects of Ridicule

Molière, Tartuffe

Chapter 8: Versatility of Humor in Senryu: Humorous Haiku of Edo Era Japan

Assorted Senryu

Connections: Senryu Today: Satirizing the "Salaryman" Life

Chapter 9: Humor and Gendered Morals: Thus Do All… Women?

Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, Cosi fan tutte

Chapter 10: Funny Money: Satires of Finance from Balzac to "Occupy Wall Street"

Honoré de Balzac, Mercadet

Connections: The Wolf of Wall Street

Chapter 11: Satirizing the East: The Politics of Intercultural Humor

Gilbert and Sullivan, The Mikado

Activity: Contemporary Comedic Stereotypes of Asia

Chapter 12: Fish Out of Water: Incongruities of Place

Hagop Baronian, Honorable Beggars

Chapter 13: Oscar Wilde and the Raskin’s Semantic Script Theory of Humor (SSTH)

Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime

Chapter 14: Ridiculing the State: Satire and National Allegory in Modern China

Lu Xun, "The True Story of Ah Q"

Chapter 15: Vernacular Theater and the Ironic Burlesque

Eduardo de Filippo, Christmas in Naples

Chapter 16: Postcolonial Tricksters and Comic Spirit

Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnificent

Chapter 17: Satires of Polygamy: Culture Clash as Incongruity Set

Ola Rotimi, Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again

Chapter 18: "Ya Mama": Abjection as Social Power

Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, Mule Bone

The Pharcyde, "Ya Mama"

Activity: Humor in Intra-group Dynamics

Chapter 19: Macabre Humor: Framing and Contextualizing for Acceptance

Edward Gorey’s Amphigorey Collections

Ken Tanaka, Everybody Dies

Activity: Why do people laugh at "sick" jokes?

Chapter 20: Humor and Children: Dr. Seuss vs. Shel Silverstein

Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham

Shel Silverstein, Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book

Chapter 21: Comedic Manga in Japan

Yakitate Ja-pan!! and Cross-Cultural Parody

Chapter 22: New Media Humor and the Ethics of Inclusion

Activity: Is it ever "just a joke"?

Chapter 23: Stand-up Comedy in History and Transnational Perspective

Trevor Griffith’s Comedians

Activity: Stand-up Brainstorming

Activity: Diagramming Stand-up Jokes

Chapter 24: Film Humor from Screenplay to Theaters

Part I: Human Nature, Charlie Kaufmann

Part II: Dogma, Kevin Smith

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Jordan A. Yamaji Smith is currently Associate Professor of International Humanities at Josai International University, Japan. He has taught in eleven departments at six other universities (including UCLA, California State University of Long Beach, Roger Williams University, UC Riverside, Pepperdine University, and Korea University), designing over fifty courses and earning three teaching awards.