"The recognition that humor can reflect horror or hope makes Cracking Up a worthy exploration of the consequences of a joke. Whether saving lives or humiliating the helpless, humor culture is human culture."—Gary Alan Fine, Common Review
(Gary Alan Fine Common Review
"Lewis develops his analysis and arguments with specific references and examples enough to empower the reader to move out of the passive consumption of this humor and at least begin to understand critically one of the most baffling and important elements in American mass culture."
(Dennis Hall Journal of American Culture
"Lewis provides a guide for thinking about humor with the seriousness it deserves."
About the Author
Paul Lewis is professor of English at Boston College. He is also the author of Comic Effects: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Humor in Literature.