The Limits of Humour
Humour in contemporary culture is generally celebrated as a public good, yet at times is felt to produce misunderstanding and even hatred. Now available in paperback, this collection explores the ethics and aesthetics of humour, in everyday life and in media comedy. An updated introduction looks at the implications of the Brand/Ross controversy.
Humour is generally celebrated as an attractive human attribute and a desirable public good, but what about when it involves mispresentation and stereotyping, intolerance and hatred? Now available in paperback, this volume brings together wide-ranging contributions exploring the ethics as well as the aesthetics of humour, both in everyday life and media comedy. The book's contributors are experts in their field and internationally renowned. They focus on the abuses and limits of humour, some of which excite considerable social tension and controversy. Beyond a Joke is an exciting intervention, full of probing questions and challenging issues. It will help to move public debate beyond facile objections to political correctness, in forcing us to attend to what is harmful as well as beneficial about humour.
Notes on Contributors Introduction: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Humour and Comedy; S.Lockyer M.Billig Race and Ethnicity in Popular Humour; D.Howitt J.Morreall Parody and Decorum: Permission to Mock; J.Palmer Breaking the Mould: Conversations with Omid Djalili and Shazia Mirza; S.Lockyer K.Willis Privacy, Embarrassment and Social Power: British Sitcom; F.Gray Comedies of Sexual Morality and Female Singlehood; D.Chambers The Ambiguities of Comic Impersonation; M.Pickering