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Punchlines : the case for racial, ethnic, and gender humor

Author: Leon Rappoport
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This timely work displays ethnic, racial, and gender humor in both its aspects: as an aggressive instrument of prejudice and as a powerful defense against it. Rappoport explores the origins and implications of the various slurs, stereotypes, and obscenities that are typical of this double edged form of modern comedy, as well as the ways in which irony has been employed by minority figures as a weapon against  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rappoport, Leon.
Punchlines.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005
(OCoLC)607636015
Online version:
Rappoport, Leon.
Punchlines.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005
(OCoLC)608168744
Print version:
Rappoport, Leon.
Punchlines.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Publishers, 2005
(DLC) 2005019267
(OCoLC)60839377
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leon Rappoport
ISBN: 9780313054105 031305410X
OCLC Number: 967073101
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 181 pages .)
Contents: Introduction : the hazards and joys of racial, ethnic, and gender humor --
The sword and shield metaphor and other perspectives --
What makes us laugh : humor theory and research from Plato and Aristotle to Sigmund Freud --
Prejudice, pride, and play in ethnic comedy --
The origins and psychology of stereotypes and slurs --
The dominant role of Jews and African Americans : Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and the culture of irony --
Jewish and African American roots humor : saving grace in the face of oppression --
Males versus females, gays versus straights, and the varieties of gender humor --
The "new breed" of comedians and transformation of ethnicity --
Becoming a comedian : minority status helps but is not enough --
In defense of ethnic humor and its role in our multicultural society.
Responsibility: Leon Rappoport.

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"This timely work displays ethnic, racial, and gender humor in both its aspects: as an aggressive instrument of prejudice and as a powerful defense against it. Rappoport explores the origins and implications of the various slurs, stereotypes, and obscenities that are typical of this double edged form of modern comedy, as well as the ways in which irony has been employed by minority figures as a weapon against oppression."--Jacket.

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