Humor: A Reader for Writers

Paperback | December 15, 2014

byKathleen Volk-Miller, Marion Wrenn

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Read. Write. Oxford. From Jerry Seinfeld's legendary standup to Kristen Wiig's sidesplitting impersonations, Humor: A Reader for Writers explores the key patterns and features within numerous comedic sources in order to show how jokes work. This survey looks at comedy in a variety of genres including popular media,academic essays, personal narratives, fiction, and poetry. Developed for the freshman composition course, Humor: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and cultural reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in discussions about humor.Humor: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

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Read. Write. Oxford. From Jerry Seinfeld's legendary standup to Kristen Wiig's sidesplitting impersonations, Humor: A Reader for Writers explores the key patterns and features within numerous comedic sources in order to show how jokes work. This survey looks at comedy in a variety of genres including popular media,academic essays, pers...

Kathleen Volk Miller is Director of the Graduate Program in Publication Management, Director of Drexel Publishing Group, and Associate Teaching Professor at Drexel University. Marion Wrenn is Director of the Writing Program at NYU Abu Dhabi. Kathleen and Marion are also coeditors of Painted Bride Quarterly.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199362684

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1. ExpositoryDan O'Shannon: "What are you laughing at, A comprehensive guide to the comedic event" Bloomsbury PublishingFelix Clay: "6 Weirdly Specific Characters That Are in Every Sitcom Ever" Cracked.comColin Nissan: "The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better than You Normally Do" Timothy McSweeney'sJonah Weiner: "Jerry Seinfeld Intends to Die Standing Up" New York TimesKatie Burgess: "How to Read a Poem" The RumpusJennifer L. Knox: "The Best Thanksgiving Ever" Painted Bride QuarterlyErin Somers: "Modern Vice" The RumpusNora Ephron: "A Few Words about Breasts" Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women, KnopfWilliam Treece: from The Pan-Arabian EnquirerBrian Logan: "Funny Foreigners: How Overseas Comics are Storming Edinburgh" The GuardianScott Stein: "Garghibition" LibertyMichael Martone: "On Anesthesia" Seeing Eye, Zoland BooksJ.D. Daniels: "Letter from Majorca" The Paris ReviewSimon Rich: "A conversation at the grown-ups' table as imagined at the kids' table" Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations2. AnalyticalSteve Almond: "Funny is the New Deep" Tin HouseStephen Dunn: "If A Clown" Here and Now, PoemsKate Brinkworth: "A Day in the Life of a Target-Market Female" Timothy McSweeney'sFran McDonald: "Laughter Without Humor: On the Laugh-Loop Gif" The AtlanticAnna Wierzbicka: "'Happiness' in a Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Perspective" DeadalusDavid Sedaris: "Easy, Tiger" Let's Explore Diabetes with OwlsZadie Smith: "Dead Man Laughing" Changing My Mind: Occasional EssaysDavid Foster Wallace: "A Supposedly Funny Thing I'll Never Do Again" A Supposedly Funny Thing I'll Never Do AgainGeorge Saunders: "Victory Lap" The New Yorker3. PersuasionChristopher Hitchens: "Why Women Aren't Funny" Vanity FairEllen Finnigan: "Kristen Wiig, Strange Doctor" Kugelmass: A Journal of Literary HumorSean Cunningham: Why We Owe Gisele an Apology (Particularly God), When Falls the ColiseumIan Frazier: "Laws Concerning Food and Drink" The AtlanticBilly Collins: "Tension" BallisticsBarthelme: "In The Morning Post" Not Knowing-The Essays and InterviewsChristopher Hitchens: "Cheap Laughs: The Smug Satire of Liberal Humorists Debases Our Comedy-andLizz Winstead: "Fact-Checking US Politics" The GuardianJason Schneiderman: "Wester" Striking SurfaceGary Shteyngart: "Only Disconnect" The New York Times