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Wisse, Ruth R., author
No joke : making Jewish humor / Ruth R. Wisse
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2013]
©2013
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Subject(s) Jewish wit and humor -- History and criticism
Jews -- Humor -- History and criticism
Physical Description 279 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents German lebensraum -- Yiddish heartland -- The Anglosphere -- Under Hitler and Stalin -- Hebrew homeland -- Conclusion: when can I stop laughing?
Summary Humor is the most celebrated of all Jewish responses to modernity. In this book, Ruth Wisse evokes and applauds the genius of spontaneous Jewish joking--as well as the brilliance of comic masterworks by writers like Heinrich Heine, Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, S. Y. Agnon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and Philip Roth. At the same time, Wisse draws attention to the precarious conditions that call Jewish humor into being--and the price it may exact from its practitioners and audience. Wisse broadly traces modern Jewish humor around the world, teasing out its implications as she explores memorable and telling examples from German, Yiddish, English, Russian, and Hebrew
NOTE 529912
Series Library of Jewish ideas

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