Understanding Humor in Japan

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Understanding Humor in Japan
by Jessica Milner Davis
Wayne State University Press, 2006 – 249 halaman

Japanese conventions about comedy and laughter are largely unanalyzed. For many students of Japanese culture and visitors to Japan, Japanese humor seems obscure, incomprehensible, paradoxical, and even nonexistent. By bringing together scholarly insights and original research by both Japanese and non-Japanese experts, Jessica Milner Davis bridges the differences between humor in Japan and the West and examines the entire spectrum of Japanese humor, from ancient traditions and surviving rituals of laughter to norms of joke-telling in ordinary conversation in Japan and America.

For anyone interested in Japan, Japanese culture, and humor studies, Understanding Humor in Japan is an important teaching tool. It provides accessible, illustrative examples of humor in both Japanese and English with explanations of their meaning and cultural significance. Scholarly yet readable, these essays offer intelligent discussion on such topics as the Japanese delight in wordplay, the comic content of Japanese newspapers, the role of film and television in developing Japanese stand-up comedy, and formal censorship and its impact on humorous writing and self-expression in Japan. Understanding Humor in Japan breaks new ground in the study of humor and sheds light on much that is taken for granted about the role of laughter in civilized societies.

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Introduction
1

Laughter and the Traditional Japanese Smile ShokichiOda
15

Osakas Culture of Laughter Hiroshi Inoue
27

A Ritual Performance of Laughter in Southern Japan Goh Abe
37

Team Comedy in Japans Entertainment Industry Joel F Stacker
51

A Widely Accepted Form of Japanese Wordplay Heiyo Nagashima
75

Rakugo and Humor in Japanese Interpersonal Communication Kimie Oshima
99

Two Kyoka Poets of the Temmei Era Rokuo Tanaka
111

Farce and Satire in Kyogen
127

Shibari
139

Japans Short Comic Poetry
153

n Humor in Japanese Newspapers
179

Satire and Constraint in Japanese Culture
193

List of Contributors
219

Index
233

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