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Understanding Humor In Japan

Author : Jessica Milner Davis
ISBN : 9780814340912
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Japanese conventions about comedy and laughter are largely unanalyzed. For many students of Japanese culture and visitors to Japan, Japanese humor seems obscure, incomprehensible, paradoxical, and even nonexistent. By bringing together scholarly insights and original research by both Japanese and non-Japanese experts, Jessica Milner Davis bridges the differences between humor in Japan and the West and examines the entire spectrum of Japanese humor, from ancient traditions and surviving rituals of laughter to norms of joke-telling in ordinary conversation in Japan and America. For anyone interested in Japan, Japanese culture, and humor studies, Understanding Humor in Japan is an important teaching tool. It provides accessible, illustrative examples of humor in both Japanese and English with explanations of their meaning and cultural significance. Scholarly yet readable, these essays offer intelligent discussion on such topics as the Japanese delight in wordplay, the comic content of Japanese newspapers, the role of film and television in developing Japanese stand-up comedy, and formal censorship and its impact on humorous writing and self-expression in Japan. Understanding Humor in Japan breaks new ground in the study of humor and sheds light on much that is taken for granted about the role of laughter in civilized societies.
Category: Literary Criticism

Pragmatic Issues In Specialized Communicative Contexts

Author : Francesca Bianchi
ISBN : 9789004323902
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Adopting a pedagogically oriented pragmatic perspective, the volume illustrates and accounts for communicative practices across languages and cultures and in specific contexts, such as healthcare services, TV interpreting, film clips, TED talks, archaeology academic communication, student-teacher communication, and multilingual classrooms.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Humor Code

Author : Peter McGraw
ISBN : 9781451665413
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 57.10 MB
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Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist travel the globe to discover the secret behind what makes things funny, questioning countless experts, including Louis C.K., along the way.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Humour And Religion

Author : Hans Geybels
ISBN : 9781441163134
Genre : Humor
File Size : 62.31 MB
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Leading scholars analyze the importance and functioning of humor in different world religions.
Category: Humor

The Journal Of Japanese Studies

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ISBN : UOM:49015003176048
Genre : Japan
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A multidisciplinary forrum for communicating new information, new interpretations, and recent research results concerning Japan to the English-reading world.
Category: Japan


Author : Lorie Brau
ISBN : UOM:39015073666391
Genre : Art
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Rakugo introduces the storytelling genre of Edo-style rakugo as performed around the turn of the twenty-first century, focusing on the performers' image, training, and techniques and the art's contexts and audiences. Brau argues that, while storytellers' goal of making a hit with audiences sustains the art's vitality, rakugo has come to represent something more than simply popular entertainment: it is also regarded as the cultural heritage to which some Japanese may turn in a nostalgic search for identity.
Category: Art

The Four Immigrants Manga

Author : Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama
ISBN : 1880656337
Genre : History
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A visual chronicle of the author's experiences as an immigrant in San Francisco in the early 1900s
Category: History

Monumenta Nipponica

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105131554094
Genre : Civilization, Oriental
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Includes section "Reviews".
Category: Civilization, Oriental