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The Jewish Joke: An essay with examples (less essay, more examples) (Hardback)
  • The Jewish Joke: An essay with examples (less essay, more examples) (Hardback)
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The Jewish Joke: An essay with examples (less essay, more examples) (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 26/10/2017
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The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, but still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as 'funny'? And how old can a joke get? The Jewish Joke is a brilliant - and very funny - riff on Jewish jokes, about what marks them apart from other jokes, why they are important to Jewish identity and how they work. Ranging from self-deprecation to anti-Semitism, politics to sex, it looks at the past of Jewish joking and asks whether the Jewish joke has a future. With jokes from Woody Allen, Lena Dunham and Jerry Seinfeld, as well as Freud and Marx (Groucho mostly), this is both a compendium and a commentary, light-hearted and deeply insightful.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781255230
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 216 g
Dimensions: 184 x 120 x 21 mm
Edition: Main


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This book is funny, clever and, at times, heartbreaking. In other words, Jewish. -- David Baddiel
A Jew and a non-Jew read Devorah Baum's The Jewish Joke. They both found it hilarious and thought-provoking. Because it is. -- David Schneider
Devorah Baum's breezy, accessible new meditation on how [Jewish] humour works, and why it is so integral to Jewish identity... There is much for the scholar to enjoy in Baum's erudite but lightly sketched analysis of how humour helps us to deal with ageing, dislocation, impossible families and sexual confusion. Alternatively, you could just read it for the gags. -- Matthew Reisz * Times Higher *
Hers is the book to turn to if you're looking to amuse your friends and has something in common with the joke books we used to pass around as kids ... [it shows] the sorrow that is the dark underside of laughter - sorrow that belongs to everyone. -- Erica Wagner * New Statesman *
Even the most avid collectors of Jewish jokes are likely to find fresh material in it * The Economist *
The dozens of examples [the book] contains are strung together by illuminating analysis ... Baum's books direct us towards laughter when the other option feels tempting, and for that we owe the author our thanks. -- Keiron Pim * Spectator *

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