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Taking Humour Seriously
by Jerry Palmer
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0415102677, Paperback)In "Taking Humour Seriously", Jerry Palmer argues that we must take humour seriously (as well as humorously) or fail to understand a fundamental element of culture. He aims to unravel humour's multi-dimensional nature. It is part of our personality and our cognitive and emotional processes and subject to the social rules which govern our behaviour on different occasions. It is integral to literary and visual narrative; it is subject to moral and aesthetic judgement and it is a rhetorical instrument. Palmer argues that only by investigating these separate dimensions can we begin to understand the phenomenon of humour. "Taking Humour Seriously" examines the role humour and comedy play in many different types of society. It looks at the many different approaches to its study - from Freud to anthropology, from literary criticism to biology.
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