Laughter and literature: A play theory of humor

Show simple item record Boyd, Brian en 2014-11-26T22:55:48Z en 2004 en
dc.identifier.citation Philosophy and Literature, 2004, 28 (1), pp. 1 - 22 (22) en
dc.identifier.issn 0190-0013 en
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dc.description.abstract Humor seems uniquely human, but it has deep biological roots. Laughter, the best evidence suggests, derives from the ritualized breathing and open-mouth display common in animal play. Play evolved as training for the unexpected, in creatures putting themselves at risk of losing balance or dominance so that they learn to recover. Humor in turn involves play with the expectations we share-whether innate or acquired-in order to catch one another off guard in ways that simulate risk and stimulate recovery. An evolutionary approach to three great literary humorists, Shakespeare, Nabokov and Beckett, shows that a species-wide explanation not only cuts deeper but in no way diminishes individual difference. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Philosophy and Literature en
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dc.title Laughter and literature: A play theory of humor en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1353/phl.2004.0002 en
pubs.issue 1 en
pubs.begin-page 1 en
pubs.volume 28 en en
pubs.end-page 22 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 7109 en Arts en Humanities en English and Drama en
dc.identifier.eissn 1086-329X en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en

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