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The Funniest Pages

International Perspectives on Humor in Journalism

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David Swick and Richard Lance Keeble

Charles Dickens, celebrated novelist and journalist, believed that his greatest ability as a writer was to make people laugh. Yet, to date, humor has been strangely marginalized in journalism, communication and media studies.
This innovative book draws together the work of seventeen writers to show that, starting in the 1640s during the English Civil War, and continuing through to the present time, humor has indeed been an important ingredient of journalism. Countries studied include Australia, Britain, Canada, Chile and the United States. The Funniest Pages is divided into four sections: «Seriously Funny, From Past to Present,» «Unsolemn Columnists,» «This Sporting Life» and a final section, «Have Mouse, Will Laugh,» which looks at humor in online journalism. Chapters examine Joseph Addison, Richard Steele and the birth of social and political satire; Allen Ginsberg, Mad magazine, and the culture wars of the 1950s; John Clarke and the power of satire in journalism, and more.
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Names: Swick, David, editor. | Keeble, Richard, editor.Title: The funniest pages: international perspectives on humor in journalism/ edited by David Swick, Richard Lance Keeble.Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016.Series: Mass communication and journalism; vol. 20 | ISSN 2153-2761Includes bibliographical references and index.Identifiers: LCCN 2015038806 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3099-1 (hardcover: alk. paper)ISBN 978-1-4539-1781-7 (e-book)Subjects: LCSH: Wit and humor in journalism.Political satire—History and criticism. | Reportage literature.Classification: LCC PN4784.W58 F86 2016 | DDC 070.4—dc23LC record available at http://lccn.loc.gov/2015038806

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