Jewish Comedy: A Serious History
ISBN: 0393356299
EAN13: 9780393356298
Language: English
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber examines the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing Jewish comedy into seven strands--including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar--he traces the ways Jewish comedy has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history. Persecution, cultural assimilation, Zionism--all of these, and more, were grist for the Jewish comic mill. Dauber's book takes readers on the tour of the funny side of some very serious business (and vice versa).