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The Jewish Joke: an essay with examples (less essay, more examples)

The Jewish Joke: an essay with examples (less essay, more examples)
The Jewish Joke: an essay with examples (less essay, more examples)
The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get?

The Jewish Joke is a riff on Jewish jokes, about what marks them apart from other jokes, why they are important to Jewish identity and how they work. Ranging from self-deprecation to anti-Semitism, politics to sex, it looks at the past of Jewish joking and asks whether the Jewish joke has a future. With jokes from Woody Allen, Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Freud and Marx (Groucho mostly), this is both a compendium and a commentary, light-hearted and deeply insightful.
Jewish, Joking, Humour, Identity, Outsider, Marginality, Comedians, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Timing
Profile Books
Baum, Devorah
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Baum, Devorah
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Baum, Devorah (2017) The Jewish Joke: an essay with examples (less essay, more examples) , London. Profile Books, 192pp.

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The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get?

The Jewish Joke is a riff on Jewish jokes, about what marks them apart from other jokes, why they are important to Jewish identity and how they work. Ranging from self-deprecation to anti-Semitism, politics to sex, it looks at the past of Jewish joking and asks whether the Jewish joke has a future. With jokes from Woody Allen, Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Freud and Marx (Groucho mostly), this is both a compendium and a commentary, light-hearted and deeply insightful.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 5 September 2016
Published date: 26 October 2017
Keywords: Jewish, Joking, Humour, Identity, Outsider, Marginality, Comedians, Ethnicity, Diaspora, Timing
Organisations: English

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Local EPrints ID: 410343
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/410343
PURE UUID: e405f4d8-4373-48ac-beb6-baa77a064e00

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Date deposited: 07 Jun 2017 16:30
Last modified: 21 Feb 2019 17:31

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