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Title:No Joke: Making Jewish Humor
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Ruth R. Wisse
Publisher:Princeton University Press
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:296
Category:Humor, History, Jewish, Judaism, Judaica, Biography memoir

No Joke: Making Jewish Humor by Ruth R. Wisse

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC No Joke: Making Jewish Humor Humor is the most celebrated of all Jewish responses to modernity In this book Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine Sholem Aleichem Isaac Babel S Y Agnon Isaac Bashevis Singer and Philip Roth At the same time Wisse draws attention to the precarious conditions that call Jewish humor into being and the price it may exact from its practitioners and audience .

Wisse broadly traces modern Jewish humor around the world teasing out its implications as she explores memorable and telling examples from German Yiddish English Russian and Hebrew Among other topics the book looks at how Jewish humor channeled Jewish learning and wordsmanship into new avenues of creativity brought relief to liberal non Jews in repressive societies and enriched popular culture in the United States .

Even as it invites readers to consider the pleasures and profits of Jewish humor the book asks difficult but fascinating questions Can the excess and extreme self ridicule of Jewish humor go too far and backfire in the process And is leave em laughing the wisest motto for a people that others have intended to sweep off the stage of history

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