Laughing Matters

ISBN-10: 0321434900

ISBN-13: 9780321434906

Edition: 2009

Authors: Marvin Diogenes

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Laughing Mattersshowcases how a range of contemporary writers including Jon Stewart and David Sedaris craft persuasive arguments, using humor to make their case while entertaining the reader. nbsp; nbsp;nbsp;A guide to analyzing how comic arguments are madeand to crafting such arguments using the rhetorical strategies particular to comedy. nbsp; Theoretical, analytical, and comic strategies nbsp; General Interest
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Book details

List price: $34.40
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/19/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction to Laughing Matters
How Comedy Works
Excerpt from Laughter
Excerpt from What's So Funny
"Tickling the Naked Ape: The Science of Laughter"
"Relaxing the Rules of Reason"
The Cultural Role of Comedy
"Stooping to Conquer: Why Candidates Need to Make Fun of Themselves"
"Ridicule: An Instrument in the War on Terrorism"
"Light-Bulb Jokes: Charting an Era"
"The Joke"
"Can an Ape Tell a Joke?"
Modest and Immodest Proposals (deliberative rhetoric)
"A Modest Proposal"
Mr. Collins' Proposal from Pride and Prejudice
"On Giving Advice"
"Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young"
"Surviving Meetings"
"The Lung-Impaired Liberation Movement"
Making the Case with Comedy (forensic rhetoric)
"What Are the Poor Young Women to Do?' The Speech of Polly Baker"
"A Malefactor"
"Coyote v. Acme"
"No Justice, No Foul"
"Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father"
"A Pre-Musical Agreement"
"Why Are Kids So Dumb? A Defense"
Comic Celebrations and Attacks (ceremonial rhetoric)
"On Babies"
"Concerning Tobacco"
"The Orator"
"Notes on Punctuation"
"Dazed and Bemused"
"Why I Don't Meditate"
Observations on Gender (ceremonial rhetoric too)
from In Defense of Women
"Reflections of a Bachelor Girl"
"Till Talk Do You Part"
"Going to the Movies"
"Neon Effects"
Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Comedy
From The Devil's Dictionary
"Jack and Gill: A Scholarly Commentary"
"On Perfumes"
"The Last Supper, or The Dead Waiter"
"Aristotle's 'On Baseball'"
"What Is and Ain't Grammatical"
A Short Bibliography on Comic Rhetoric
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