Writing Humor: Creativity and the Comic Mind

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Wayne State University Press, 2002 - 329 sidor

Providing both theory and praxis, this insightful and creative textbook explains how to write humor, comedy, satire, parody, nonsense, and both the literary and the joke monologue. Through its close analyses of short stories, sketches, essays, and scripts, it is a must-read for serious and not-so-serious writers of every genre. Guiding aspiring writers through the many techniques for creating humor, it illustrates and analyzes what works and what doesn’t, suggests ways to energize passages that fall flat, and offers insights into brainstorming, team writing, and revision.

This book includes the history and cultural background of each major genre, followed by a rich array of writing exercises. Readers will find an inventive selection of examples to learn from, including a script from M*A*S*H and pieces by such humorists as Woody Allen, Ogden Nash, and Art Buchwald—and by students as well.

 

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Acknowledgments
17
The Sense of Humor Test
23
What are some ways nonwestern cultures use laughter that
29
So What Exactly Is Humor?
32
Simple Techniques for Writing Humor
43
Concreteness
61
Still Nobody Laughed What Then?
70
Comedy
83
Excerpt from Catch22 Joseph Heller
188
And Even More Ideas
194
Parody and Burlesque
201
Have You Heard the One about ?
233
So How All You Guys Doin Tonight?
242
The Literary Monologue
253
Ok So Who Threw the Tomato?
260
A Few More Questions
271

Slapstick
112
Stuck? Writers Block?
117
Oh Lord Oh Lord Not Again Not Again
123
Whatever It Is Im Against It
141
Irony and Wit
159
Exercise
167
Nonsense
180
Biological and Evolution Theories
277
Notes
283
Bibliography
301
Contributors
313
Index
321
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Om författaren (2002)

Mary Ann Rishel is an associate professor in the Department of Writing at Ithaca College.

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