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Comedy and Critique : Stand-up Comedy and the Professional Ethos of Laughter - (Hardcover)

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Stand-up comedy has become a vehicle for social and cultural critique, from the existential to the political. Sociologists, philosophers, and anthropologists have suggested that comedy is a form of “magic,” a type of special behavior that provokes a change in the perception of ordinary reality. Those claims are usually backed up with examples from Western history—carnival, court jesters, the Jewish shtetl—or from the anthropological record. In this book, the author maps these claims with a contemporary account, informed by sociocultural transformations, that considers the ideals of stand-up comedians while sustaining and giving nuance to the picture of the comedian as magician.
 
Number of Pages: 156.0
Genre: Performing Arts, Social Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Daniel Smith
Language: English
Street Date: June 15, 2018
TCIN: 53364196
UPC: 9781447339809
Item Number (DPCI): 248-65-3237

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