In the time-honored traditions of humor in many cultures, the laugh comes from cognitive overload, an unforeseen juxtaposition, or exaggeration. Luso-Hispanic humor shares these traits, but is woven deeper into the fabric of the culture, and often is bound with dark and distressingly serious subjects. After all, the culture contains at least three
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"The Luso-Hispanic world, with the three religions of its medieval centuries with its early-modern projection to new continents and new peoples, with its rich localism and linguistic diversity, its constant juxtaposition of violently differing life experiences, and the formidable, ultimately futile, mechanisms of constraint which sought to simplify and contain all this, may well have been especially rich in the kinds of intersections which motivate humor.....There is in the present volume of essays a freshness of engagement with important topics." - (From the Preface) Nicholas G. Round (retired), Sheffield University, Fellow of the British Academy "This book is a collection of ten essays written in Spanish, English and Portuguese. The essays have been carefully edited and skillfully presented in a manner which students as well as teachers of Spanish and Portuguese literature, culture and society - indeed anyone interested in the topic of humor and its many aspects in the Luso-Hispanic world - will find informative and thought-provoking.....Each of the selected essays presents a thorough and profound analysis of humoristic traditions in the Luso-Hispanic world, and each is written with great clarity and intellectual rigor. I highly recommend this book as an outstanding and innovative contribution to the field of Luso-Hispanic studies." - Richard A. Picerno, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Central Connecticut State University "This articles contained herein cover a variety of nations and authors in the Luso-Hispanic world. It is a volume that the reader will find enjoyable both for its quality and the diversity of themes related to humor that it presents. The Edwin Mellen Press is to be commended for publishing a book of humor studies by a diverse group of scholars who investigate the topic from diverse ways of expressing humor to humor in a variety of literary genres.....This is a very instructive volume. It offers readers a sound representation of critical thought by dedicated and perceptive scholars who bring a wide spectrum of background knowledge to the study of humor in Luso-Hispanic literature." - Professor Juan Cruz Mendizabal (retired), Indiana University of Pennsylvania"
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