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He body and the senses To this end she provides an engrossing account of the life and work of Gershon Legman exiled author publisher and sexologist Alfred Kinsey's first bibliographer and legendary compiler of the dirty joke Like Freud Legman was convinced of the impossibility of understanding humor apart from sex and Brottman shows how his two massive works on the subject Rationale of the Dirty Joke and No Laughing Matter provide a framework for understanding the ambivalent and often hostile imp.

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Funny Peculiar Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor

Why are jokes funny Why do we laugh In Funny Peculiar Mikita Brottman demurs from recent scholarship that takes laughter and the broader domain of humor and the comical as a liberating social force and an endearing aspect of self expression For Brottman there is nothing funny about laughter which is less connected to mirth and feelings of good will than to a nexus of darker emotions fear aggression shame anxietyBrottman rethinks not only the mechanisms of humor but also the relation of humor to t.

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Ulses that underlie the comic impulse in its various guises In lively and enlivening chapters she traverses dirty jokes the figure of the evil clown in popular culture the current popularity of humor therapy changing fashions in stand up comedy and the connection between humor and horror Brottman's sparkling prose laced with wit does not obscure the seriousness of Funny Peculiar It is a thoughtful and wide ranging elaboration of the Freudian claim that joking in point of fact is no laughing matte.

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    Well she makes a strong case that all humor is based on anger and fear and that there's nothing really funny about jokes Also she stressed the difference between laughter and humor by discussing at length pathological laughter rictus and the likeShe gave a nice portrait of authorG Legman on whose books she based her writingIt won't

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