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No joke : making Jewish humor

Author: Ruth R Wisse
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: Library of Jewish ideas.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Humor is the most celebrated of all Jewish responses to modernity. In this book, Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking--as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S.Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. At the same time, Wisse draws attention to the precarious conditions that call Jewish humor into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth R Wisse
ISBN: 9780691149462 0691149461
OCLC Number: 820118602
Description: 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: German lebensraum --
Yiddish heartland --
The Anglosphere --
Under Hitler and Stalin --
Hebrew homeland --
Conclusion: when can I stop laughing?
Series Title: Library of Jewish ideas.
Responsibility: Ruth R. Wisse.

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Humor is the most celebrated of all Jewish responses to modernity. In this book, Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking--as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S.Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. At the same time, Wisse draws attention to the precarious conditions that call Jewish humor into being--and the price it may exact from its practitioners and audience. Wisse broadly traces modern Jewish humor around the world, teasing out its implications as she explores memorable and telling examples from German, Yiddish, English, Russian, and Hebrew.

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Honorable Mention for the 2013 PROSE Award in Language & Linguistics, Association of American Publishers Shortlisted for the 2014 Sophie Brody Medal, Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of Read more...

 
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