Books in category Literary Criticism – Humor

  • A Decade of Dark Humor

    A Decade of Dark Humor
    Ted Gournelos, Viveca Greene

    This interdisciplinary volume brings together scholars from four countries to discuss the impact of humor and irony on both media discourse and tangible political reality.

  • Loopholes


    In this sense, comedy exists outside the alternatives of tragic and comic. Loopholes argues that trivialization of comedy comes from fear that it will address our anxieties with honesty–and it is this truth that scares us.

  • Ain t that a Knee slapper

    Ain’t that a Knee-slapper
    Tim Hollis

    A hee-hawing history of comedic performers from the golden age of radio through "The Dukes of Hazzard"

  • David Blaize

    David Blaize
    E. F. Benson

    Chapter I There was a new class-room in course of construction for the first form at Helmsworth Preparatory School, and the ten senior boys, whose united ages amounted to some hundred and thirty years, were taken for the time being in the …

  • Cracking Up

    Cracking Up
    Paul Lewis

    What do Jon Stewart, Freddy Krueger, Patch Adams, and George W. Bush have in common? As Paul Lewis shows in Cracking Up, they are all among the ranks of joke tellers who aim to do much more than simply amuse.

  • Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

    Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
    Leacock, Stephen

    Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction. This book was first published in 1912.

  • Fetching the Old Southwest

    Fetching the Old Southwest
    James H. Justus

    Like most writing, humor is a product of its place and time, and the works studied herein are no exception.

  • The Relentless City

    The Relentless City
    E. F. Benson

    Chapter I The big pink and white dining-room at the Carlton was full to suffocation of people, mixed odours of dinner, the blare of the band just outside, and a babel of voices.

  • A History of the Atlantic Monthly 1857 1909

    A History of the Atlantic Monthly, 1857-1909
    Ellery Sedgwick

    Ellery Sedgwick examines their personalities, editorial policies, and literary tastes, and shows how each balanced his role as advocate of "high" culture with the demands of the literary marketplace and American democracy.

  • A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities

    A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities
    J. C. McKeown

    Like its companion volume, A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities, this is an uproarious miscellany of odd stories and facts, culled from a lifetime of teaching ancient Greek civilization.

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