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Jews and humor is, for most people, a natural and felicitous collocation. In spite of, or perhaps because of, a history of crises and living on the edge, Jews have often created or resorted to humor. But what is humor? And what makes certain types, instances, or performances of humor “Jewish”? These are among the myriad queries addressed by the fourteen authors whose essays are collected in this volume. And, thankfully, their observations, always apt and often witty, are expressed with a lightness of style and a depth of analysis that are appropriate to the many topics they cover. The scholars who contributed to this collection allow readers both to discern the common features that make up “Jewish humor” and to delight in the individualism and eccentricities of the many figures whose lives and accomplishments are narrated here. Because these essays are written in a clear, jargon-free style, they will appeal to everyone—even those who don’t usually crack a smile!

About the Author

Leonard J. Greenspoon is professor of classical and near eastern studies and of theology and holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781123175240
Publisher:
Purdue University Press
Subject:
Sociology-Jewish Studies
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Publication Date:
20110915
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
215

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Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Comedy Business and Criticism
History and Social Science » Sociology » Jewish Studies
Religion » Judaism » History

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