Book Reviews83 PAUL E. McGHEE and JEFFREY H. GOLDSTEIN, eds. Handbook of Humor Research: Volume 1, Basic Issues. New York: SpringerVerlag, 1983. 251 p. One of the most exciting features of this book is its cross-disciplinary nature, since humor as a subject is cross-disciplinary in scope. Aesthetics, anthropology, humor acquisition, linguistics, physiology, psychology, and sociology are all professionally treated. I would like to see the subject of literature added to the list, but this is a minor point. I have some quarrel with the title, Handbook ofHumor Research. This would seem to indicate that the book deals with humor, but in general it does not. forth -- that serve to limit their freedom. These constraints are adhered to Rather it deals with humor appreciation, humor production, and humor motivations, but not humor itself. I would also prefer to have seen the word empirical somewhere in the title, since the book deals almost exclusively with empirical research, and most of the treatment is of quantitative as opposed to qualitative research. What holds the book together is a strong sense of humor epistemology. All of the authors are consistent in carefully citing prior research; in fact, the documentation is so
Rocky Mountain Review – Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
Published: Jan 6, 1985
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