A Comprehensive Philosophy of Humor
by John Morreall
PN6149 .P5 M67 2009
New Book Island, 2nd floor
For those of you that have seen me in classes or have talked to me at the Reference Desk, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of jokes and kidding around [whether I’m any good at it is a different story]. Therefore, it should be pretty obvious why I chose this week’s featured title.
Morreall, former President of the International Society for Humor Studies, brings humor to the table for discussion in a very serious fashion. Scholars in previous centuries didn’t give formal attention to the subject, brushing it off as unworthy of respect [cue Rodney Dangerfield]. However, as the author illustrates, there’s so much more to it than just making light of situations. He explores the traditional theories of humor, from the Superiority Theory to the Relief Theory, and builds on the philosophical nature of making people laugh. This book is packed with information and scholarly research to support Morreall’s forward-thinking views.