The Stability of Laughter

The Stability of Laughter

The Stability of Laughter explores how art unsettles the simplifications we revert to in our attempts to make sense of human history and social interaction.

Author: James Nikopoulos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429639661

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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A "sad and corrupt" age, a period of "crisis" and "upheaval"—what T.S. Eliot famously summed up as "the panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history." Modernism has always been characterized by its self-conscious sense of suffering. Why, then, was it so obsessed with laughter? From Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Bergson and Freud to Pirandello, Beckett, Hughes, Barnes, and Joyce, no moment in cultural history has written about laughter this much. James Nikopoulos investigates modernity’s paradoxical relationship with mirth. Why was the gesture we conventionally associate with happiness deemed the only sensible way of responding to a world, as Max Weber wrote, that had been "disenchanted of its gods?" In answering these questions, Nikopoulos also delves into our ongoing relationship with laughter. He looks to contemporary research in emotion and evolutionary theory, as well as to the two-thousand-plus-year history of the philosophy of humor, in order to propose a novel way of understanding laughter, humor, and their complicated relationships with modern life. The Stability of Laughter explores how art unsettles the simplifications we revert to in our attempts to make sense of human history and social interaction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Laughter Humor and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy

Laughter  Humor  and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy

Indulging in powerful laughter seems to threaten the stability of an agent's emotional state and thereby his character and self-sufficiency.

Author: Pierre Destrée

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190917616

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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Ancient philosophers considered question about laughter, humor, and comedy to be both philosophically interesting and important. They theorized about laughter and its causes, moralized about the appropriate uses of humor and what it is appropriate to laugh at, and wrote treaties on comedic composition. They were often merciless in ridiculing their opponents' positions, borrowing comedic devices and techniques from comic poetry and drama to do so. This volume is organized around three sets of questions that illuminate the philosophical concerns and corresponding range of answers found in ancient philosophy. The first set investigates the psychology of laughter. What is going on in our minds when we laugh? What background conditions must be in place for laughter to occur? Is laughter necessarily hostile or derisive? The second set of questions concerns the ethical and social norms governing laughter and humor. When is it appropriate or inappropriate to laugh? Does laughter have a positive social function? Is there a virtue, or excellence, connected to laugher and humor? The third set of questions concerns the philosophical uses of humor and comedic technique. Do philosophers use humor exclusively in criticizing rivals, or can it play a positive educational role as well? If it can, how does philosophical humor communicate its philosophical content? This volume does not aim to settle these fascinating questions but more importantly to start a conversation about them, and serve as a reference point for discussions of laughter, humor, and comedy in ancient philosophy.
Categories: Philosophy

Studies of Laughter in Interaction

Studies of Laughter in Interaction

There is a within-speech laugh particle in “c(h)ompany”. Jill agrees minimally with this ... She notes the importance of “stability” in an organization.

Author: Phillip Glenn

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441162809

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 312

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Laughter is pervasive in interaction yet often overlooked in the research. This volume presents a collection of original studies revealing the highly-ordered, complex, and important phenomenon of laughter in everyday interactions. Building on 40 years of conversation analytic research, the authors show how the design and placement of laughs contribute to unfolding sequences, social activities, identities, and relationships. In this revealing study leading experts investigate laughter in a range of different contexts and across a variety of languages. The research demonstrates that laughter is not simply a reaction to humour but is used in a fascinating array of different ways. Findings reported here include its use in clinics, employment interviews, news interviews, classrooms, the discourse of children with severe autism, and ordinary conversations. The acoustics of laughter and its relationship to movement, gaze and gesture are also explored. The volume brings together new and influential research into this phenomenon to present the state-of-the-art. It will be invaluable to anyone interested in the study of interaction, conversation analysis, humour and laughter.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Laughter in a Wasteland

Laughter in a Wasteland

Joseph Robert Mills June 1998 English Laughter in a Wasteland : The Satire of James Thurber , George S. Schuyler and Dawn Powell Abstract Focusing on the ...

Author: Joseph Robert Mills

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:X59100

Category:

Page: 498

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Laughter From The Sky The Triumph Of A Dream

Laughter From The Sky   The Triumph Of A Dream

Despite the stability of the bridge, the old man went to Homa to help him to cross it. That was absolutely absurd and ridiculous.

Author: Oni Edeko

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783848232673

Category: Fiction

Page: 140

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The Triumph Of A Dream is about a king or a ruler who tries his best to satisfy his people, after promising them a blissful life before he was elected as the ruler of the kingdom. During his reign, however, his subjects witness the most difficult time in their lives. Was he really the cause of their unending problems? The king weeps silently, as he knows that he can't alleviate the suffering of his people. He then has a dream. In the dream, his kingdom flourishes. Everybody praises him for the golden era. The king dances royally in the dream. As his friend knocks at the door, he wakes up and faces the reality of his troubled days. Laughter From The Sky is a satire about modern day prophets, especially in the poverty stricken African countries. Everybody is looking for the ways to survive. That is why there are prophets everywhere. They promise prosperity to all their church members. God sees them and laughs.
Categories: Fiction

Laughter and the Grace of God

Laughter and the Grace of God

Restoring Laughter to its Central Role in Christian Spirituality and ... Yet it is clear that satisfaction with the relationship, the stability of the ...

Author: Brian Edgar

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532649851

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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Laughter is important because we cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh, and this is true of our relationship with God. Having a sense of humor is essential for maturity in faith and holiness. Unfortunately, humor and the role that laughter plays in life and spirituality have often been neglected and the aim of Laughter and the Grace of God is to restore laughter to its central place in Christian spirituality and theology. It examines the role of laughter in Scripture and finds it in unexpected places including the story of Abraham and the formation of the covenant and the tragedy of Job. There is laughter in the incarnation, the resurrection, and even the crucifixion. Jesus is the great Laugh-maker. Thomas Aquinas spoke of the sin of having too little laughter as well as the danger of having too much, while Martin Luther said, "If you're not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there." Laughter is nothing less than a participation in the life and love of God.
Categories: Religion

Gender and Laughter

Gender and Laughter

Böhn draws on Henri Bergson's notion of laughter as a corrective to ... identity is context-dependent rather than fixed within a stable hierarchy, ...

Author: Gaby Pailer

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042026728

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 386

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This essay collection is dedicated to intersections between gender theories and theories of laughter, humour, and comedy. It is based on the results of a three-year research programme, entitled “Gender – Laughter – Media” (2003-2006) and includes a series of investigations on traditional and modern media in western cultures from the 18th to the 20th century. A theoretical opening part is followed by four thematic sections that explore the multiple forms of irritating stereotypical gender perceptions; aspects of (post-)colonialism and multiculturalism; the comic impact of literary and media genres in different national cultures; as well as the different comic strategies in fictional, philosophical, artistic or real life communication. The volume presents a variety of new approaches to the overlaps between gender and laughter that have only barely been considered in groundbreaking research. It forms a valuable read for scholars of literary, theatre, media, and cultural studies, at the same time reaching out to a general readership.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Comic Sense

Comic Sense

The latter is more often than not what Iser calls a “communal laugh” ... (laughter) implies, ex negativo, the struggle for renewed stability and thus also ...

Author: Thomas Pughe

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 9783034877466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 197

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The idea for this study came to me in the course of my reading of innova tive US-American! fiction of the last three decades. I observed that much of it is cast in the comic mode - or, more precisely, that there seems to be in contemporary fiction an affinity between 'innovation' and 'the comic' and that this affinity, furthermore, appears to be characteristic of postmo dernism. It is obvious, at the same time, that comic has become an elusive and, more often than not, a disputable category. Frederick Karl, in his sur vey of American Fictions 1940-1980, maintains, for instance, that much comic writing consists in ridicule that lacks deeper intellectual and cul tural roots. "Wit and mockery," he notes, "by themselves have little lasting value. Even in the best of such fiction, Gravity's Rainbow, one is made aware of attenuated skits stiched onto previous segments, rather than baked in by a defined point of view. " (Karl: 27) Such assessments of course challenge my view that the comic is in significant ways connected with what is innovative in postmodernist US-American fiction. Yet the term comic -or related terms like humour, parody, irony and so fort- is regularly and heavily employed in discussions or reviews of con temporary fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Laughter Out of Place

Laughter Out of Place

... I realized that the peaceful moment I had experienced in Felicidade Eterna during the early 1990s was not necessarily a stable one.

Author: Donna M. Goldstein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520276048

Category: Social Science

Page: 349

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Drawing on the author's experience in Brazil, this text provides a portrait of everyday life among the women of the favelas - a portrait that challenges much of what we think we know about the 'culture of poverty'. It helps us understand the nature of joking and laughter in the shantytown.
Categories: Social Science

Mythology Madness and Laughter

Mythology  Madness  and Laughter

The point is that the Kantian intelligible world does not guarantee the stability of the phenomenal world. On the contrary, in its elusiveness it rather ...

Author: Markus Gabriel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441115775

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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Mythology, Madness and Laughter: Subjectivity in German Idealism explores some long neglected but crucial themes in German idealism. Markus Gabriel, one of the most exciting young voices in contemporary philosophy, and Slavoj Žižek, the celebrated contemporary philosopher and cultural critic, show how these themes impact on the problematic relations between being and appearance, reflection and the absolute, insight and ideology, contingency and necessity, subjectivity, truth, habit and freedom. Engaging with three central figures of the German idealist movement, Hegel, Schelling, and Fichte, Gabriel, and Žižek, who here shows himself to be one of the most erudite and important scholars of German idealism, ask how is it possible for Being to appear in reflection without falling back into traditional metaphysics. By applying idealistic theories of reflection and concrete subjectivity, including the problem of madness and everydayness in Hegel, this hugely important book aims to reinvigorate a philosophy of finitude and contingency, topics at the forefront of contemporary European philosophy. MARKUS GABRIEL is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research, NY. He has published a number of books and journal articles in German, including Der Mensch im Mythos (De Gruyter, 2006), and Das Absolute und die Welt in Schellings Freiheitsschrift (Bonn University Press, 2006).
Categories: Philosophy

Not All Laughter

Not All Laughter

The tragedy is , that the stability of home and consequently of the whole social structure , is destined to be weakened thereby .

Author: Eleanor Morton

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:319510020151276

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 332

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Categories: American wit and humor

Nervous Laughter

Nervous Laughter

... expenditures solved the problems of underconsumption and unemployment and were therefore functionally necessary for the stability of capitalism.

Author: Darrell Y. Hamamoto

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0275928616

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 177

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Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Laughter and Grandeur

Laughter and Grandeur

That he exposed the stability of the established drama to a crucial test there can be no doubt . His writings brought fame and fortune to the theatre in the ...

Author: Philip Freund

Publisher: Peter Owen Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131659562

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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"Until now there has never been a wide-ranging and comprehensive study of theatre in the Age of the Baroque, the period from the early seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth. Here is a broad yet closely studied account of what happened on stage above the sputtering, smoky footlights - often a mere few rows of candles - and behind the scenes. Philip Freund graphically evokes the leading playwrights and performers, composers and singers, choreographers and dancers, some of whom were deemed immortal and others who were once famous and subsequently forgotten but who are here restored to their rightful place in the pantheon of international theatre."--Inside jacket.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Hood s Own Or Laughter from Year to Year

Hood s Own  Or  Laughter from Year to Year

... flight unworthy even of Cockneyism , which implies at least a devoted attachment to London , and an unshaken confidence in the stability of St. Paul's .

Author: Thomas Hood

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:HN5JAS

Category:

Page:

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Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain

Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain

This is why this form of laughter is discouraged in the Bible as something especially harmful to the stability of the soul: "I said of laughter, ...

Author: Nicodemus (van de Heilige Berg)

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809130386

Category: Religion

Page: 241

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Nicodemos (1749-1809), a monk of Saint Athos dedicated to asceticism and learning, was one of the most influential Orthodox writers of the last two centuries. His Handbook, written during the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, shares an exalted vision of human nature, but a vision that proceeds from the truths of revelation as interpreted by the Greek Fathers, not Descartes.
Categories: Religion

Who s Laughing Now

Who   s Laughing Now

Defiant humour and laughter are dangers to the dominant order because, as Cris Mayo suggests, they can “affect the stability of meaning and the structure of ...

Author: Anna Frey

Publisher: Demeter Press

ISBN: 9781772583182

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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From dour old women to buzzkills who can't take a joke, the stereotype of the humourless feminist has repeatedly been deployed to derail and delegitimize the women's rights movement. This collection skips the tired debates that ask whether feminists can be funny—we know the answer to this already—to instead investigate contemporary expressions and functions of humour within international feminist movements and communities. This interdisciplinary volume showcases critical analyses of cultural texts and events, personal accounts of producing and encountering feminist humour, and creative interruptions that pair laughter with insight. As a whole, this work seeks to sideline caricatures of the humourless feminist by promoting a vision of a diverse movement vibrant with innovative, generous, threatening, and, ultimately, triumphant laughter.
Categories: Social Science

Laughter Down the Centuries

Laughter Down the Centuries

... refusing to grant exclusive privileges to stability, order, and system.19 It is the good-natured laughter of those who are searching for knowledge, ...

Author: Siegfried Jäkel

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111012030

Category: Classical literature

Page: 281

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Categories: Classical literature

Humor and Laughter

Humor and Laughter

Table 2.3 Intercorrelations among laughter measures for 41⁄2—5-year-old and 51⁄2—6-year-old non-conservers Stability measures for the responses of 18 ...

Author: Hugh Foot

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351514200

Category: Psychology

Page: 348

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Humor and laughter play a vital part in our everyday social encounters. This book is concerned with the exploration of the psychology of humor and laughter by the foremost professional researchers in these areas. It examines the major theoretical perspectives underlying current approaches and it draws together for the first time the main empirical work done over the course of this century. Peter Berks brings this story up to the moment.The two major parts of the book deal with perception of and responses to humor, and its uses in society at large. The chapters themselves range from cognitive aspects of humor development, through the functions of humor and laughter in social interaction, to the use of humor by comedians and by the mass media. One of the general features of the volume is the concern with the variety of techniques and research methods which are used in studies aimed at understanding our responsiveness to humor and the contexts in which we create it.Humor and Laughter contains chapters by psychologists with longstanding research interests in humor and laughter, including Thomas R. Shultz, Mary K. Rothbart, Goran Nerhardt, Michael Godkewitsch, Walter E. O'Connell, and Harvey Mindess. Humor and Laughter presents wide-ranging theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives on an important area of human behavior and social interaction. This book should interest many behavioral scientists and practitioners, particularly those in social and clinical psychology, psychiatry, child psychology and education, sociology, and related disciplines.
Categories: Psychology