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Guilty pleasures : comedy and law in America

Author: Laura E Little
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
Series: Law and current events masters.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Few people associate law books with humor. Yet the legal world--in particular the American legal system--is itself frequently funny. Indeed, jokes about the profession are staples of American comedy. And there is actually humor within the world of law too: both lawyers and judges occasionally strive to be funny to deal with the drudgery of their duties. Just as importantly, though, our legal system is a strong  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humor
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Little, Laura E., 1957-
Guilty pleasures.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
(DLC) 2018018997
(OCoLC)1005124222
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laura E Little
ISBN: 9780190625771 0190625775
OCLC Number: 1061148272
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Series; Guilty Pleasures; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword by Bob Mankoff; Acknowledgments; Introduction; A. On, About, In . . . Law's Intersection with Humor; B. The Power of New Yorker Cartoons; C. Humor Scholarship; 1. Humor Inventories; 2. Major Theories of Humor; 1. "On": Law's Effect on Humor; A. An Unwitting Passage into the Comedy Business: How Courts Become Humor Critics When Indirectly Regulating Humor; 1. Intellectual Property Law: Parody as a Favored Child in Trademark Law; 2. Tort; 3. Contract; 4. Workplace Humor and Harassment Claims 5. Endnote on Indirect RegulationB. The Frontal Attack: Punishing the Joker, Muzzling the Comedian, and Regulating the Punster; 1. Punishing the Joker; 2. Muzzling the Stand-​Up Comedian; 3. Regulating the Punster and the Rebellious Wordsmith; C. The Unusual Case of Hate Speech; D. Humor's Pushback on Law: Censorship Humor; 2. "About": Humor About Law; A. Lawyers; 1. Crafty and Cunning: Disloyal Lawyers as Allies of the Devil; 2. Money-​Grubbing Vultures; 3. Proliferating Lawyers; 4. The Future of Lawyer Jokes; B. Judges; C. Juries; 1. Stupid Jurors; 2. Lazy Jurors; 3. Misbehaving Jurors 4. Common-​Sense JurorsD. Gender, Race, and Sexual Orientation Meet Humor and the Law; 1. Gender; 2. Race; E. The Legal System and Legal Texts; 1. The Legal System; 2. Legal Texts; F. Can Satire Inspire Change?; 3. "In": Humor in Law; A. Funny Lawyers; 1. Advice Giving, Media Spinning, and Social Justice Advocacy; 2. Negotiation and Mediation; 3. Adversary Litigation; B. Funny Judges; 1. In-​Court and Extrajudicial Humor; 2. Humor in Opinions; C. Funny Legal Instruments; 1. Contracts; 2. Wills; D. Funny Laws; Conclusion; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Law and current events masters.
Other Titles: Comedy and law in America.
Responsibility: Laura Little ; foreward by Bob Mankoff.

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In Guilty Pleasures, legal scholar Laura Little provides a multi-faceted account of American law and humor, looking at constraints on humor (and humor's effect on law), humor about law, and humor in  Read more...

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