A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to be There by Shaun MayA Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to be There by Shaun May

A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to be There

byShaun May

Paperback | August 25, 2016

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As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour - although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlane's fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans. Whilst animals and robots might feature as prominent characters in our favourite comic movies, shows and stand-up routines, we have no reason to suspect that their real-life brethren get the joke. Drawing on the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, Shaun May attempts to address this issue - suggesting that there is something distinctive about human beings which grounds our ability to make and comprehend jokes. Guiding the reader through a range of examples, including the films of Charlie Chaplin, the stand-up of Francesca Martinez, the TV show Family Guy and Samuel Beckett's Endgame, he demonstrates that in order to get the joke you have to 'be there'.
Shaun May is a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent, UK. Prior to joining the faculty at Kent he was an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Philosophy department of the University of Liverpool and he taught at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and the Royal College of Art, UK. He is co-convenor of th...
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Title:A Philosophy of Comedy on Stage and Screen: You Have to be ThereFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:August 25, 2016Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1350004510

ISBN - 13:9781350004511

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1. You Have to Be There 2. Phenomenology of Object Dysfunction 3. Phenomenology of Object Anthropomorphism 4. Phenomenology of Animal Anthropomorphism 5. Phenomenology of Physical Impairment Conclusion Endnotes Index

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Shaun May's book is an engaging study of the philosophy of comedy, offering erudite case-studies drawn from a variety of genres. Its main reference point, namely the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, makes it accessible also to undergraduates of philosophy, besides humour scholars ... Its interdisciplinary scope brings into fruitful dialogue philosophy, on the one hand, and theatre, film and contemporary performance, on the other.