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What's So Funny?: Deconstructing Rape Jokes

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Transcript of What's So Funny?: Deconstructing Rape Jokes


Incongruity
Superiority
Relief
Play
Humor and Laughter
“The laugh is by no means to be viewed from the standpoint of humor; its connection with humor is only secondary. It marks the ending [. . .] of a period of suspense, or expectation, all ending which is sharp and secondary”
(John Dewey)

Incongruity Theory
“In everything that is to excite a lively laugh there must be something absurd (in which the understanding, therefore, can find no satisfaction). Laughter is an affection arising from the sudden transformation of a strained expectation into nothing” (I, I, 54).
Immanuel Kant
Critique of Judgment
Superiority Theory
Thomas Hobbes said "that the passion of laughter is nothing else but sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly”
Human Nature, ch. 8
Relief Theory
What's So Funny?: Deconstructing Rape Jokes
Emily Torkel
Theories of Humor
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