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Writing Humor

Creativity and the Comic Mind

Mary Ann Rishel (author)

ISBN: 9780814329603

Publication Date: Mar 2002

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Providing both theory and praxis, this volume explains how to write humour, comedy, satire, parody, nonsense, and both the literary and the joke monologue. It includes the history and cultural background of each major genre, followed by an array of writing exercises and examples.
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Providing both theory and praxis, this creative textbook explains how to write humour, comedy, satire, parody, nonsense, and both the literary and the joke monologue. Through its close analyses of short stories, sketches, essays and scripts, it should be useful to serious and not-so-serious writers of every genre. Guiding aspiring writers through the many techniques for creating humour, it illustrates and analyzes what works and what doesn't, suggests ways to energize passages that fall flat, and offers insights into brainstorming, team writing, and revision. The volume includes the history and cultural background of each major genre, followed by an array of writing exercises. There is a wide selection of examples to learn from, including a script from "M*A*S*H" and pieces by such humorists as Woody Allen, Ogden Nash and Art Buchwald - and by students as well.
Illustrations 15 illustrations
Pages 288
Date Published 31 Mar 2002
Publisher Wayne State University Press
Series Humor in Life & Letters
Subject/s Humour   Creative writing & creative writing guides  

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