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Jews and humor /
editor, Leonard J. Greenspoon.
imprint
West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, c2011.
description
xviii, 236 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1557535973 (pbk.), 9781557535979 (pbk.)
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imprint
West Lafayette, Indiana : Purdue University Press, c2011.
isbn
1557535973 (pbk.)
9781557535979 (pbk.)
contents note
Humor in the Bible / Charles David Isbell -- Why did the widow have a goat in her bed? : Jewish humor and its roots in the Talmud and Midrash / David Brodsky -- But is it funny? : identifying humor, satire, and parody in rabbinic literature / Eliezer Diamond -- Masekhet Purim / Peter J. Haas -- Jewish humor as a source of research on Polish-Jewish relations / Joanna Sliwa -- Jewish jokes, Yiddish storytelling, and Sholem Aleichem : a discursive approach / Jordan Finkin -- Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Karl : immigrant humor and the Depression / Leonard M. Helfgott -- Nuances and subtleties in Jewish film humor / Michael W. Rubinoff -- The bad girls of Jewish comedy : gender, class, assimilation, and whiteness in Postwar America / Giovanna P. Del Negro -- One clove away from a pomander ball : the subversive tradition of Jewish female comedians / Joyce Antler -- Heckling the divine : Woody Allen, the Book of Job, and Jewish theology after the Holocaust / Jason Kalman -- Tragicomedy and zikkaron in Mel Brooks's "To be or not to be" / Joan Latchaw and David Peterson -- "They ain't makin' Jews like Jesus anymore" : the musical humor of Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys in historical and geographical perspective / Theodore Albrecht -- The new Jewish blackface : African American tropes in contemporary Jewish humor / David Gillota.
general note
"Proceedings of the twenty-second annual symposium of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization - Harris Center for Judaic Studies, October 25-26, 2009" -- P. [i].
catalogue key
8179424
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Leonard J. Greenspoon is Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and of Theology and holds the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University.
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Summaries
Main Description
Jews and humor is, for most people, a natural and felicitous collocation. In spite of, or perhaps because of, a history of crises and living on the edge, Jews have often created or resorted to humor. But what is humor? And what makes certain types, instances, or performances of humor "Jewish"? These are among the myriad queries addressed by the fourteen authors whose essays are collected in this volume. And, thankfully, their observations, always apt and often witty, are expressed with a lightness of style and a depth of analysis that are appropriate to the many topics they cover. The scholars who contributed to this collection allow readers both to discern the common features that make up "Jewish humor" and to delight in the individualism and eccentricities of the many figures whose lives and accomplishments are narrated here. Because these essays are written in a clear, jargon-free style, they will appeal to everyone-even those who don't usually crack a smile!
Main Description
Jews and humor is, for most people, a natural and felicitous collocation. In spite of, or perhaps because of, a history of crises and living on the edge, Jews have often created or resorted to humor. But what is humor? And what makes certain types, instances, or performances of humor "Jewish"? These are among the myriad queries addressed by the fourteen authors whose essays are collected in this volume. And, thankfully, their observations, always apt and often witty, are expressed with a lightness of style and a depth of analysis that are appropriate to the many topics they cover. The scholars who contributed to this collection allow readers both to discern the common features that make up "Jewish humor" and to delight in the individualism and eccentricities of the many figures whose lives and accomplishments are narrated here. Because these essays are written in a clear, jargon-free style, they will appeal to everyoneeven those who don't usually crack a smile!
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Editor's Introductionp. x
Contributorsp. xvii
Humor in the Biblep. 1
Why Did the Widow Have a Goat in Her Bed? Jewish Humor and Its Roots in the Talmud and Midrashp. 13
But Is It Funny? Identifying Humor, Satire, and Parody in Rabbinic Literaturep. 33
Masekhet Purimp. 55
Jewish Humor as a Source of Research on Polish-Jewish Relationsp. 67
Jewish Jokes, Yiddish Storytelling, and Sholem Aleichem: A Discursive Approachp. 83
Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Karl: Immigrant Humor and the Depressionp. 107
Nuances and Subtleties in Jewish Film Humorp. 121
The Bad Girls of Jewish Comedy: Gender, Class, Assimilation, and Whiteness in Postwar Americap. 137
One Clove Away From a Pomander Ball: The Subversive Tradition of Jewish Female Comediansp. 155
Heckling the Divine: Woody Allen, the Book of Job, and Jewish Theology after the Holocaustp. 175
Tragicomedy and Zikkaron in Mel Brooks's To Be or Not To Bep. 195
"They Ain't Makih Jews Like Jesus Anymore": The Musical Humor of Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys in Historical and Geographical Perspectivep. 211
The New Jewish Blackface: African American Tropes in Contemporary Jewish Humorp. 225
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