Redeeming Laughter

Redeeming Laughter

A sociological analysis of the role of humour in diverse cultures and of its diverse role within a single culture. Very well reviewed.

Author: Peter L. Berger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110155621

Category: Humor

Page: 215

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A sociological analysis of the role of humour in diverse cultures and of its diverse role within a single culture. Very well reviewed.
Categories: Humor

Redeeming Laughter

Redeeming Laughter

The author of numerous previous books of broad appeal and scholarly acclaim on subjects ranging from sociological theory to religious ethics in government and economic systems, and the coauthor of a vastly influential treatise on The Social ...

Author: Peter L. Berger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110810660

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 533

The author of numerous previous books of broad appeal and scholarly acclaim on subjects ranging from sociological theory to religious ethics in government and economic systems, and the coauthor of a vastly influential treatise on The Social Construction of Reality, Berger unfolds in Redeeming Laughter a new perspective on a classic domain. Berger's comic terrain is at once noble and amusing, the terrain of Erasmus and Swift. Like his predecessors', Berger's writing in these pages is bolstered with exemplary learning and wry observation.
Categories: Social Science

Redeeming Laughter

Redeeming Laughter

It is simultaneously ubiquitous, relative, and fragile. In this book, Peter L. Berger reflects on the nature of the comic and its relationship to other human experiences.

Author: Peter L. Berger

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9783110354003

Category: Social Science

Page: 222

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Amid the variety of human experiences, the comic occupies a distinctive place. It is simultaneously ubiquitous, relative, and fragile. In this book, Peter L. Berger reflects on the nature of the comic and its relationship to other human experiences. Berger contends that the comic is an integral aspect of human life, yet one that must be approached and analyzed circumspectly and circuitously. Beginning with an exploration of the anatomy of the comic, Berger addresses humor in philosophy, physiology, psychology, and the social sciences before turning to a discussion of different types of comedy and finally suggesting a theology of the comic in terms of its relationship to folly, redemption, and transcendence. Along the way, the reader is treated to a variety of jokes on a variety of topics, with particular emphasis on humor and its relationship to religion. Originally published in 1997, the second edition includes a new preface reflecting on Berger’s work in the intervening years, particularly on the relationship between humor and modernity.
Categories: Social Science

Junk

Junk

Berger: Redeeming Laughter, p. 176. The definitive work on the 'absurd' tradition,
a key figure in which is Eugene Ionesco (1912–94), is Martin Esslin's The Theater
of the Absurd, first published in 1961. See Berger: Redeeming Laughter, pp.

Author: Gillian Whiteley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857720214

Category: Art

Page: 232

View: 953

Trash, garbage, rubbish, dross, and detritus - in this enjoyably radical exploration of 'Junk', Gillian Whiteley rethinks art's historical and present appropriation of junk within our eco-conscious and globalised culture. She does this through an illustrated exploration of particular materials, key moments and locations and the telling of a panoply of trash narratives. Found and ephemeral materials are primarily associated with assemblage - object-based practices which emerged in the mid-1950s and culminated in the seminal exhibition 'The Art of Assemblage' in New York in 1961. With its deployment of the discarded and the filthy, Whiteley argues, assemblage has been viewed as a disruptive, transgressive artform that engaged with narratives of social and political dissent, often in the face of modernist condemnation as worthless kitsch. In the Sixties, parallel techniques flourished in Western Europe, the US and Australia but the idiom of assemblage and the re-use of found materials and objects - with artist as bricoleur - is just as prevalent now. This is a timely book that uncovers the etymology of waste and the cultures of disposability within these economies of wealth.
Categories: Art

A History of English Laughter

A History of English Laughter

Taking Laughter Seriously The inherent contradiction in taking laughter seriously
has been commented on often ... The American sociologist Peter Berger , in his
lively and wide - ranging book Redeeming Laughter ( 1997 ) , has noted the ...

Author: Manfred Pfister

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042012889

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

View: 161

Is there a 'history' of laughter? Or isn't laughter an anthropological constant rather and thus beyond history, a human feature that has defined humanity ashomo ridens from cave man and cave woman to us? The contributors to this collection of essays believe that laughter does have a history and try to identify continuities and turning points of this history by studying a series of English texts, both canonical and non-canonical, from Anglosaxon to contemporary. As this is not another book on the history of the comic or of comedy it does not restrict itself to comic genres; some of the essays actually go out of their way to discover laughter at the margins of texts where one would not have expected it all – in Beowulf, or Paradise Lost or the Gothic Novel. Laughter at the margins of texts, which often coincides with laughter from the margins of society and its orthodoxies, is one of the special concerns of this book. This goes together with an interest in 'impure' forms of laughter – in laughter that is not the serene and intellectually or emotionally distanced response to a comic stimulus which is at the heart of many philosophical theories of the comic, but emotionally disturbed and troubled, aggressive and transgressive, satanic and sardonic laughter. We do not ask, then, what is comic, but: who laughs at and with whom where, when, why, and how?
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being

The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being

renewal, but Comus, said to be his son, is sometimes his companion, along with
Gelos (laughter). We are dealing with ... For there are different ways of affirmation
.252 Some of these I will explore in relation to what I call redeeming laughter.

Author: William Desmond

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781498241540

Category: Philosophy

Page: 366

View: 693

This book gathers a set of reflections on the gift of beauty and the passion of being. There is something surprising about beauty that we receive and that moves the passion of being in us. The book takes issue with an ambiguous attitude to beauty among some who proclaim their advanced aesthetic authenticity. Beauty seems bland and lacks the more visceral thrill of the ugly, indeed the excremental. We crave what disrupts and provokes us, not what gives delight or even consoles. By contrast, attention is given to how beauty arouses enigmatic joy in us, and we enjoy an elemental rapport with it as other. Surprised by beauty, our breath is taken away, but we are more truly there with the beautiful when we are taken outside of ourselves. We are first receivers of the gift of surprise and only then perceivers and conceivers. My attention to the passion of being stresses a patience, a receptivity to what is other. What happens is not first our construction. There is something given, something awakening, something delighting, something energizing, something of invitation to transcendence. The theme is amplified in diverse reflections: on life and its transient beauty; on soul music and its relation to self; on the shine on things given in creation; on beauty and Schopenhauer's dark origin; on creativity and the dynamis in Paul Weiss's creative ventures; on redemption in Romanticism in the thought of Stanley Cavell; on theater as a between or metaxu; on redeeming laughter and its connection with the passion of being.
Categories: Philosophy

Comic Relief

Comic Relief

Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience. New York:
De Gruyter, 1997. Bergler, Edmund. Laughter and the Sense of Humor. New York
: Intercontinental Medical Book Company, 1956. Bergmann, Merrie. “How Many ...

Author: John Morreall

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444358292

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

View: 478

Comic Relief: A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor develops an inclusive theory that integrates psychological, aesthetic, and ethical issues relating to humor Offers an enlightening and accessible foray into the serious business of humor Reveals how standard theories of humor fail to explain its true nature and actually support traditional prejudices against humor as being antisocial, irrational, and foolish Argues that humor’s benefits overlap significantly with those of philosophy Includes a foreword by Robert Mankoff, Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker
Categories: Literary Criticism

Humor

Humor

19 Peter L.Berger,Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Experience(De
Gruyter, Berlin&NewYork, 1997), p.210. 20 Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (
Verso, London, 1974), p. 247. 21 Uit verschillende scripts van de Marx Brothers,
 ...

Author: Simon Critchley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134401208

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

View: 593

Humor is een fascinerend, prachtig geschreven en komisch boek over wat homor ons kan vertellen over onze menselijke natuur. Van de oudheid tot aan de moderne tijd en puttend uit het werk van een breed scala aan auteurs, in het bijzonder Swift, Sterne, Shaftesbury, Bergson, Beckett en Freud, keert Humor het komische binnenstebuiten en onthult ons een smakelijk inzicht in wat we grappig vinden. Humor beantwoordt vragen zoals: "Waarom lijden komieken aan depressies", "Waarom lachen we zo vaak om dieren" en "Wat gebeurt er in racistische en seksistische humor". Humor zal niet alleen de lezers uit een reeks van disciplines zoals filosofie, theologie, literatuurwetenschap, psycholanalyse, geschiedenis en antropologie aanspreken, maar ook zeer tot de verbeelding spreken van een ieder met een gevoel voor humor - ieder van ons dus, hopelijk.
Categories: Philosophy

On Humour

On Humour

Does humour make us human, or do the cats and dogs laugh along with us? On Humour is a fascinating, beautifully written and funny book on what humour can tell us about being human.

Author: Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy Simon Critchley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135199036

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

View: 203

Does humour make us human, or do the cats and dogs laugh along with us? On Humour is a fascinating, beautifully written and funny book on what humour can tell us about being human. Simon Critchley skilfully probes some of the most perennial but least understood aspects of humour, such as our tendency to laugh at animals and our bodies, why we mock death with comedy and why we think it's funny when people act like machines. He also looks at the darker side of humour, as rife in sexism and racism and argues that it is important for reminding us of people we would rather not be.
Categories: Performing Arts

Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible

Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible

1 Peter L. Berger, Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human
Experience (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 1997), p. xiii. 2 Berger, Redeeming
Laughter, p. x. 3 George P. Eckman, 'The Humor of the Bible', Methodist 1. An
Introduction to ...

Author: Melissa Jackson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199656776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 285

View: 594

This book explores the Hebrew Bible for evidence of comedy and further asks how reading the Hebrew Bible through a comic "lens" might positively inform feminist interpretation. The exploration is conducted with a number of Hebrew Bible narratives, all of which prominently involve female characters.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Comic Mode in English Literature

The Comic Mode in English Literature

Apte, Mahadav L. Humor and Laughter. Ithaca: Cornell ... Berger, Peter L.
Redeeming Laughter: The comic dimension of human experience. ... Laughing
Feminisms: Subversive comedy in Frances Burney, Maria Edgworth, and Jane
Austen.

Author: Murray Roston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441109903

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 236

From Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales to Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary, this is a comprehensive guide to comedy in the English literary canon. Beginning with a critical exploration of historical and philosophical theories of humour, the book then supplies close-readings of a wide range of major texts, authors and genres from the Medieval period to the present. The Comic Mode in English Literature examines such texts as: "Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream" Pope's The Rape of the Lock Austen's Emma "Dickens" The Pickwick Papers Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest Amis's Lucky Jim Covering poetry, prose and drama, this comprehensive guide will be essential reading for students of comic writing, literary history and genre.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Philosophy of Humour

The Philosophy of Humour

Pause and Reflect Humour and laughter might appear to be removed from the
question of morality—this is the implication of Howard Jacobson's view as we've
seen. Though they ... Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of. 8. Humour
 ...

Author: Paul McDonald

Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks

ISBN: 9781847602381

Category: Humor

Page: 138

View: 191

Comic novelist and critic Paul McDonald explores the philosophy of humour in a book that will appeal to philosophers and creative writers alike. One aim of this book is to assess theories of humour and laughter. It concentrates mainly on philosophical approaches to humour- including those of Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Descartes, Hobbes, Bergson, Kant, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Freud and Bakhtin, but also explores such fields as cultural studies, literary theory, religion, psychoanalysis, and psychology; this broad focus makes for a richer account of humour, its relationship with philosophical thought, and its bearing on the human condition. Readers are invited to engage in creative writing exercises designed to exploit this crucial facet of humour, and to help them explore relevant issues imaginatively. In this way they will deepen their understanding of those issues, whilst at the same time cultivating their own creative skills. REVIEW COMMENT "The philosophical study of humour has a complex and fitful history: few people have been brave enough to write about humour seriously, and those who have tend to disagree with one another. For those seeking an entry point, Paul McDonald’s The Philosophy of Humour (2012) gives a useful overview of the major theories. There are those who believe that laughter derives from a sense of superiority (Hobbes and Bergson) or from a sense of relief, or release of energy (Freud’s “economy of psychic expenditure”). But the earliest, most primal examples of humour all seem to have some sort of incongruity at their heart. McDonald gives the example of “the Lion Man figure found in 1939 in the Swabian Alps”, which is thought to be about 35,000 years old. Having the body of a lion and the legs of a man, it is thought to be one of the earliest examples of represented incongruity, dating from the time when human beings first developed “an ability to juxtapose disparate concepts”. Jonathan Coe, The Guardian.
Categories: Humor

Transportable Environments 3

Transportable Environments 3

Berger , P. ( 1997 ) Redeeming Laughter : The Comic Dimension of Human
Experience . New York : Walter de Gruyter . Constant , C. ( 2000 ) Eileen Gray .
London : Phaidon . Dawes , E. ( 1979 ) The Great Illusionists . Newton Abbott :
David ...

Author: Robert Kronenburg

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415343771

Category: Architecture

Page: 228

View: 329

An overview of structures designed to be mobile, their uses, and the principles involved in their design including a consideration of the wide range of applications in which they can be found.
Categories: Architecture

Global Citizenship and Social Movements

Global Citizenship and Social Movements

Communitarianism and Its Critics The Australian and New Zealand Journal of
Sociology Pyramids of Sacrifice: Political Ethics and Social Change Facing Up to
Modernity Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human Experience
The ...

Author: Janet McIntyre

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135294298

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 766

In this book, Janet McIntyre addresses the need for transcultural thinking tools, to not only mend problems in the global environment but also to understand the essential nature of the problems. Thinking tools comprise the analytical concepts which organise, disorganise, pattern and question thoughts about the social and natural world. Specifically, the concepts introduced in this book are 'global citizenship', 'human rights', 'responsibility', 'social movements' and 'transcultural webs of meaning'.
Categories: Political Science

Contending for the Faith

Contending for the Faith

... Credulity and Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human
Experience. Despite its thorough-going consistency, Berger's theological project
has often been misunderstood. Because he has joined his friend Richard John
Neuhaus ...

Author: Ralph C. Wood

Publisher: Baylor University Press

ISBN: 9780918954862

Category: Religion

Page: 218

View: 227

In this book Ralph Wood calls for churches to offer a sustained an unapologetically Christian witness to a postmodern world. Wood carefully chronicles how the church is watching the complete destruction of post-Christian institutions and practices that once shaped human character toward fulfillment in goods larger than humanity's own self-interest - the chief of these being the worship and service of God. Wood contends that Christian existence can never be taken for granted, and so the church itself must seek to create a Christian culture that offers the world a drastic alternative to its own cultureless existence.
Categories: Religion

Nationhood Providence and Witness

Nationhood  Providence  and Witness

This was the world in which reinhold Niebuhr moved. according to 61. Berger
also published Redeeming Laughter. For the view that humor has re- placed faith
in modern america, heddendorf, From Faith to Fun, relies on Berger's theory; see
 ...

Author: Carys Moseley

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621896760

Category: Religion

Page: 302

View: 183

This book argues that problems with recognizing the State of Israel lie at the heart of approaches to nationhood and unease over nationalism in modern Protestant theology, as well as modern social theory. Three interrelated themes are explored. The first is the connection between a theologian's attitude to recognizing Israel and their approach to the providential place of nations in the divine economy. Following from this, the argument is made that theologians' handling of both modern and ancient Israel is mirrored profoundly in the question of recognition and ethical treatment of the nations to which they belong, along with neighboring nations. The third theme is how social theory, represented by certain key figures, has handled the same issues. Four major theologians are discussed: Reinhold Niebuhr, Rowan Williams, John Milbank, and Karl Barth. Alongside them are placed social theorists and scholars of religion and nationalism, including Mark Juergensmeyer, Philip Jenkins, Anthony Smith, and Adrian Hastings. In the process, debates over the relationship between theology and social theory are reconfigured in concrete terms around the challenge of recognition of the State of Israel as well as stateless nations.
Categories: Religion

Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory

Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory

Finally, he has addressed the humanistic and emancipatory aspects of humour in
Redeeming Laughter (1997). Although he has covered a wide range of
institutions in his sociological research, his perspective is remarkably consistent
and its ...

Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781847871237

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

View: 372

This comprehensive book provides an indispensable introduction to the most significant figures in contemporary social theory. Grounded strongly in the European tradition, the profiles include Michel Foucault, J[um]urgen Habermas, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Martin Heidegger, Fredric Jameson, Richard Rorty, Nancy Chodorow, Anthony Giddens, Stuart Hall, Luce Irigaray and Donna Haraway. In guiding students through the key figures in an accessible and authoritative fashion, the book provides detailed accounts of the development of the work of major social theorists and charts the relationship between different traditions of social, cultural and political thought. Profiles in Contemporary Social Theory will become a major reference work in the field of social theory because it offers in-depth commentaries that comprehensively examine the contents, contexts and critical evaluation of key theorists of the day.
Categories: Social Science

The Collective Imagination

The Collective Imagination

Harvard: Harvard University Press. Berger, P. 1997.Redeeming Laughter: The
Comic Dimension of Human Experience. Berlin: Walter deGruyter. Bishop, B.and
Lisheron, M. 2002. 'Why a City Thrives: AMix of Open Minds', AmericanStatesman
 ...

Author: Professor Peter Murphy

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409495499

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

View: 380

The Collective Imagination explores the social foundations of the human imagination. In a lucid and wide-ranging discussion, Peter Murphy looks at the collective expression of the imagination in our economies, universities, cities, and political systems, providing a tour-de-force account of the power of the imagination to unite opposites and find similarities among things that we ordinarily think of as different. It is not only individuals who possess the power to imagine; societies do as well. A compelling journey through various peak moments of creation, this book examines the cities and nations, institutions and individuals who ply the paraphernalia of paradoxes and dialogues, wry dramaturgy and witty expression that set the act of creation in motion. Whilst exploring the manner in which, through the media of pattern, figure, and shape, and the miracles of metaphor, things come into being, Murphy recognises that creative periods never last: creative forms invariably tire; inventive centres inevitably fade. The Collective Imagination explores the contemporary dilemmas and historic pathos caused by this-as cities and societies, periods and generations slip behind in the race for economic and social discovery. Left bewildered and bothered, and struggling to catch up, they substitute empty bombast, faded glory, chronic dullness or stolid glumness for initiative, irony, and inventiveness. A comprehensive audit of the creativity claims of the post-modern age - that finds them badly wanting and looks to the future - The Collective Imagination will appeal to sociologists and philosophers concerned with cultural theory, cultural and media studies and aesthetics.
Categories: Social Science

The New Sociology of Knowledge

The New Sociology of Knowledge

For Manfred Prisching (2001: 12), Berger's book Redeeming Laughter. The
Comic Dimension in Human Experience (1997a) is “an exception.” Although
Berger himself notes in the preface (ibid., ix) that the “underlying argument and
the finale ...

Author: Michaela Pfadenhauer

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412850957

Category: Social Science

Page: 175

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A classical sociologist can be defined as someone whose "works occupied a central position among the sociological ideas and notions of an era." Following this criterion, Michaela Pfadenhauer demonstrates the relevance of Peter L. Berger’s work to the sociology of knowledge. Pfadenhauer shows that Berger is not only a sociologist of religion, but one whose works are characterized by a sociology-of-knowledge perspective. Berger stands out among his fellow social scientists both quantitatively and qualitatively. He has written numerous books, which have been translated into many languages, and a multitude of essays in scholarly journals and popular magazines. For decades, he has played a role in shaping both public debate and social scientific discourse in America and far beyond. As a sociologist of knowledge, Berger has played three roles: he has been a theoretician of modern life, an analyst of modern religiosity, and an empiricist of global economic culture. In all areas, the focus on processes rather than status quo is characteristic of Berger’s thinking. This book provides an in-depth view on the critical thinking of one of the most important sociologists that present times has to offer. It includes four written essays by Berger.
Categories: Social Science

Indian Asceticism

Indian Asceticism

Benn, James B. Burning for the Buddha: SelfImmolation in Chinese Buddhism.
Studies in East Asian Buddhism 19. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2007.
Berger, Peter. Redeeming Laughter: The Comic Dimension of Human
Experience.

Author: Carl Olson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190266400

Category: Religion

Page: 304

View: 819

Throughout the history of Indian religions, the ascetic figure is most closely identified with power. A by-product of the ascetic path, power is displayed in the ability to fly, walk on water or through dense objects, read minds, discern the former lives of others, see into the future, harm others, or simply levitate one's body. These tales give rise to questions about how power and violence are related to the phenomenon of play. Indian Asceticism focuses on the powers exhibited by ascetics of India from ancient to modern time. Carl Olson discusses the erotic, the demonic, the comic, and the miraculous forms of play and their connections to power and violence. He focuses on Hinduism, but evidence is also presented from Buddhism and Jainism, suggesting that the subject matter of this book pervades India's major indigenous religious traditions. The book includes a look at the extent to which findings in cognitive science can add to our understanding of these various powers; Olson argues that violence is built into the practice of the ascetic. Indian Asceticism culminates with an attempt to rethink the nature of power in a way that does justice to the literary evidence from Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain sources.
Categories: Religion