Humour: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | January 8, 2014

byCarroll, Noel

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Humour has been discovered in every known human culture and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years. Humour can serve many functions; it can be used to relieve stress, to promote amity among strangers, to dissipate tension within a fractious group, to display intelligence, andsome have even claimed that it improves health and fights sickness. In this Very Short Introduction Noel Carroll examines the leading theories of humour including "The Superiority Theory" and "The Incongruity Theory". He considers the relation of humour to emotion and cognition, and explores the value of humour, specifically in its social functions. He argues thathumour, and the comic amusement that follows it, has a crucial role to play in the construction of communities, but he also demonstrates that the social aspect of humour raises questions such as "When is humour immoral?" and "Is laughing at immoral humour itself immoral?".

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Humour has been discovered in every known human culture and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years. Humour can serve many functions; it can be used to relieve stress, to promote amity among strangers, to dissipate tension within a fractious group, to display intelligence, andsome have even claimed that it improves healt...

Noel Carroll is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Temple University. He is a renowned scholar in the fields of film theory, the philosophy of literature, the philosophy of the visual arts, and social and cultural theory. He is the author or editor of 15 books and hundreds of articles on a wide range of humanistic and cult...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:January 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199552223

ISBN - 13:9780199552221

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The nature of humour2. Humour, emotion, and cognition3. Humour and valueReferencesFurther reading