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Redeeming laughter : the comic dimension of human experience / Peter L. Berger.

Author/Creator:
Berger, Peter L., author.
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication:
Berlin, [Germany] ; Boston, [Massachusetts] : Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2014.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (223 p.)
Subjects:
Comic, The -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Wit and humor -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Amid the variety of human experiences, the comic occupies a distinctive place. It is simultaneously ubiquitous, relative, and fragile. In this book, Peter L. Berger reflects on the nature of the comic and its relationship to other human experiences. Berger contends that the comic is an integral aspect of human life, yet one that must be approached and analyzed circumspectly and circuitously. Beginning with an exploration of the anatomy of the comic, Berger addresses humor in philosophy, physiology, psychology, and the social sciences before turning to a discussion of different types of comedy and finally suggesting a theology of the comic in terms of its relationship to folly, redemption, and transcendence. Along the way, the reader is treated to a variety of jokes on a variety of topics, with particular emphasis on humor and its relationship to religion. Originally published in 1997, the second edition includes a new preface reflecting on Berger's work in the intervening years, particularly on the relationship between humor and modernity.
Contents:
Front matter
Overview
Preface
Prefatory Remarks, Self-Serving Explanations, and Unsolicited Compliments
Prologue
Part I: Anatomy of the Comic
1. The Comic Intrusion
2. Philosophers of the Comic, and the Comedy of Philosophy
3. Laughing Monks: A Very Brief Sinitic Interlude
4. Homo Ridens: Physiology and Psychology
5. Homo Ridiculus: Social Constructions of the Comic
6. Interlude: Brief Reflections on Jewish Humor
Part II: Comic Forms of Expression
7. The Comic as Diversion: Benign Humor
8. The Comic as Consolation: Tragicomedy
9. The Comic as Game of Intellect: Wit
10. The Comic as Weapon: Satire
11. Interlude: The Eternal Return of Folly
Part III: Toward a Theology of the Comic
12. The Folly of Redemption
13. Interlude: On Grim Theologians
14. The Comic as a Signal of Transcendence
Epilogue
Notes:
Description based upon print version of record.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
3-11-035400-4
3-11-038766-2
OCLC:
979745985
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9783110354003 doi
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