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Funny Peculiar: Gershon Legman and the Psychopathology of Humor

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"Funny Peculiar is an intelligent, integrative study of the various forms and functions of humor. Brottman explores her topic through a series of essays on the comic world of laughter, jokes, clowns, comedians, and humor therapists, all of which are examined for their serious, decidedly unfunny psychological underpinnings. Deftly written in beautifully jargon-free prose, often wry and bitingly humorous, Funny Peculiar goes to the heart of comedy, using the underappreciated work of the eccentric, self-taught Freudian scholar Gershon Legman as one of several lenses for examining the psychology of humor. Brottman's critique of humor therapists is especially incisive and--dare I say? - humorous. Her book is a pleasure."

- Susan B. Miller, Ph.D., Author, Disgust (Analytic Press, 2004)

"In these complex and violent times, how anxiously we try to lighten up," clinging to a good laugh as the one simple thing that doesn't mean anything but feeling good. But it is by looking the joker straight in the eye that Brottman is able to uncover a more believably complex sense of our very human relationship with humor. She treads a sometimes hilarious but always serious line between objective and subjective, personal and sociocultural, caustic and considerate. Read on: Brottman is not asking you to check your sense of humor at the door. You will laugh reading this book - even as you gain a healthier suspicion of why you are laughing, indeed, of why you ever laugh."

- A. Loudermilk, Author, The Daughterliest Son

About the Author

Mikita Brottman, Ph.D., who earned her doctorate at Oxford University, is Professor of Language and Literature at the Maryland Institute College of Art and a candidate at the Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health (NYC).  She writes regularly for mainstream and alernative publications and is the author of three books on the horror film.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881634042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881634044
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a critic, author and analyst. I write and teach about the uncanny, abjection, true crime, esotericism, horror in film and literature, and the history of psychoanalysis. I live in the old Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore, with my partner David Sterritt and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Grisby.

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By A Customer on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a really great book, funny but serious as well. The first part is all about Legman, an eccentric collector of dirty jokes. The rest is about laughter and humor, and why people find things funny. It's not really a light hearted book, it might make you think carefully before you laugh, or tell a joke, but that's what's so interesting about it. The author doesn't take anything for granted and looks at everything from a perspective I've never seen before. Recommended for all smart people.
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