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Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor

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Why are jokes funny? Why do we laugh? In Funny Peculiar, Mikita Brottman demurs from recent scholarship that takes laughter - and the broader domain of humor and the comical - as a liberating social force and an endearing aspect of self-expression. For Brottman, there is nothing funny about laughter, which is less connected to mirth and feelings of good will than to a ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published April 15th 2004 by Analytic Press (first published April 1st 2004)
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Johnny Trash
Dec 14, 2008 Johnny Trash rated it really liked it
Well, she makes a strong case that all humor is based on anger and fear and that there's nothing really funny about jokes. Also she stressed the difference between laughter and humor by discussing at length pathological laughter, rictus and the like.

She gave a nice portrait of author:G. Legman, on whose books she based her writing.

It won't stop me from making jokes but it gives me a lot to think about
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Mikita Brottman (born 30 October 1966) is a British scholar, psychoanalyst, author and cultural critic known for her psychological readings of the dark and pathological elements of contemporary culture. She received a D.Phil in English Language and Literature from Oxford University, was a Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and was Chair of the program in Engaged ...more
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