Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches. Edited by Jocelyn Chey and Jessica Milner Davis
How do Chinese societies approach humour in personal life and in the public sphere? Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches draws together essays on humour and laughter in their many forms of expression in Chinese culture past and present. Verbal, visual and behavioural modes of humour are explored by specialists in fields ranging from cultural and political history to linguistics, literature, drama and the history and philosophy of science.
Carrillo Gantner AO will launch Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches. Carrillo is Chairman of The Melbourne Festival and Chairman of The Sidney Myer Fund. He was Counsellor (Cultural) at the Australian Embassy in Beijing (1985-1987), Chairman of the Performing Arts Board and a member of the Australia Council (1990-1993). Carrillo was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to the performing arts and Australia’s cultural exchange with Asia. In recognition of his cultural and philanthropic service, he was the 2007 Victorian of the Year.
About the Editors
Jocelyn Chey is a visiting professor in the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, and a consultant on Australia-China relations. She left an academic career to serve for over twenty years in the Departments of Overseas Trade and Foreign Affairs, and was also director of the China Branch of the International Wool Secretariat. Jocelyn served as Consul-General in Hong Kong from 1992–95. She was presented with the Order of Australia in 2009 for her contribution to the development of Australia-China relations.
Jessica Milner Davis is an honorary research associate in the School of Letters, Art and Media, University of Sydney, and convenes the Australasian Humour Studies Network (www.sydney.edu.au/humourstudies). She served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales in Sydney and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge. President of the International Society for Humor Studies in 1996 and 2001, she is an Editorial Board member of Humor: International Journal for Humor Research and other journals and publishes on comedy and cross-cultural humour studies.