Written for all who are interested in the mechanics of humor, Sweet Madness presents a general discussion and introduction to the roles of paradox, metaphor, and fantasy in humor. The operation of the implicit and the unconscious in humor; the importance of humor to human life; and the development, from childhood on, of the sense of humor are discussed. The background for this serious study is drawn from such fields as psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, and sociology. William F. Fry, in this work, presents a new theory of the structure of humor based on the sometimes little understood psychological processes experienced by those who use humor or are exposed to humor. It is these relationships with other fields of study that allows for this investigation into the anatomy of humor. Fry, in this outstanding and erudite volume, takes a giant step in furthering our thinking about humor in transactional terms. Humor and a sense of humor are a vital part of human interactions, and as such, this book has much to contribute to the study of psychology, cultural, communications, and of coursehumor itself.
William Fry and Melanie Allen began writing this book with the objective of obtaining information from comedy writers that would reveal their experiences in creating humor. Over a period of two years, they conducted interviews and obtained a wealth of information about many different areas of humor and comedy, which caused them to expand on their original aim. In addition to the interviews, this volume presents much theoretical discussion about several humor fields. Some of the major themes of Life Studies of Comedy Writers are: creativity, interpersonal relationships, reinforcement, aggression, rhythm, play, and the role of the unconscious in humor creation. Sub-themes include: techniques of humor, paradox, meditation, and career experiences in comedy. The unifying, underlying theme of the entire book is the bringing together of actual life experience with theoretical aspects of humor study. Life Studies of Comedy Writers will be enjoyable for communications scholars, humor studies specialists, sociologists, and all those in the entertainment business.
Presenting a cutting-edge theory for using humor in psychotherapy, counseling, and clinical intervention, this volume brings together a group of outstanding experts in the field of clinical intervention. Each chapter shows how humor can play a vital role in the promotion of wellness in general and in mental health wealthness in particular. It provides specific theoretical perspectives aimed at helping readers develop both their awareness of humor as a clinical tool and dexterity in using humor to facilitate productive change during the therapeutic process. This book will be of interest to students and professionals in all areas of the helping and healing professions. In addition to the psychotherapeutic disciplines, it also has applications in human relations and communication-training fields.
In their first volume on this topic, the editors bring together the pioneers and innovators in the field to share their scholarship and techniques. The result is a comprehensive presentation on the role of humor in psychotherapy.
This book contains a brief account of the history of Cremona violins - the rise and fall of the art that dominated over two centuries - and is primarily devoted to The physics behind the violin acoustics, specifically the research of William F "Jack" Fry over the past four decades and more. it chronicles his early research and The evolution of his ideas leading to a holistic approach to its acoustics, In sharp contrast to The conventional "reductionist" approach. With rare insights, he has come closer than anyone before in reproducing the sound of the great Italian masters. This historic achievement makes the book extremely valuable for violin makers, violin researchers, and young and aspiring violinists who would like to own excellent-sounding instruments with all the desirable characteristics of old instruments at affordable prices.
"To understand the history and spirit of America, one must know its wars, its laws, and its presidents. To really understand it, however, one must also know its cheeseburgers, its love songs, and its lawn ornaments. The long-awaited Guide to the United States Popular Culture provides a single-volume guide to the landscape of everyday life in the United States. Scholars, students, and researchers will find in it a valuable tool with which to fill in the gaps left by traditional history. All American readers will find in it, one entry at a time, the story of their lives."--Robert Thompson, President, Popular Culture Association. "At long last popular culture may indeed be given its due within ...
Bringing together everyday language, social interaction and cultural warfare, this work forms a social history of humour in American culture. It argues that jokes provide a cultural barometer of concerns and anxieties, and that laughter is transformative.