By Mikita Brottman
Brottman rethinks not just the mechanisms of humor but additionally the relation of humor to the physique and the senses. To this finish, she offers an engrossing account of the lifestyles and paintings of Gershon Legman, exiled writer, writer, and sexologist, Alfred Kinsey's first bibliographer, and mythical compiler of the soiled funny story. Like Freud, Legman was once confident of the impossibility of realizing humor except intercourse, and Brottman indicates how his huge works at the topic, Rationale of the soiled Joke and No giggling Matter, offer a framework for figuring out the ambivalent and sometimes adversarial impulses that underlie the comedian impulse in its numerous guises. In energetic and enlivening chapters, she traverses soiled jokes, the determine of the "evil clown" in pop culture, the present approval for "humor therapy," altering models in stand-up comedy, and the relationship among humor and horror. Brottman's gleaming prose, laced with wit, doesn't imprecise the seriousness of Funny Peculiar. it's a considerate and wide-ranging elaboration of the Freudian declare that joking, in fact, isn't any giggling matter.
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Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor by Mikita Brottman