Australasian Humour Studies Network

Book reviews

Elisa Gironzetti. 2022. The Multimodal Performance of Conversational Humor. Figurative Thought and Language, No. 13. xix+235pp. Amsterdam & New York: John Benjamins. ISBN 9789027210999 Ebook: 9789027257857 https://benjamins.com/catalog/ftl.13. Reviewed by Angus McLachlan, May 2023.

Roald Dijkstra and Paul van der Velde, eds. 2022. Humour in the Beginning: Religion, humour and laughter in formative stages of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. ISBN (hardcover): 978-90-272-1153-8 ISBN (eBook): 978-90-272-5746-8. Reviewed by David Rawlings, May 2023.

Michael Ewans, ed. 2020. A Cultural History of Comedy in Antiquity. Vol. 1 in A Cultural History of Comedy, eds. Andrew Stott and Eric Weitz. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 227pp. ISBN (hardcover): 978-1-3500- 0071-1; ISBN (hardcover set): 978-1-3500-0082-7. Reviewed by Helen Musa, March 2023.

Justine Sless. (2022). Mistress of Mirth’s Comedy Tour. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-922-669-37-7. Reviewed by Jacci Brady, August 2022.

Benjamin Nickl. 2021. Turkish German Muslims and Comedy Entertainment: Settling into Mainstream Culture in the 21st Century. Leuven: Leuven University Press. 215 pp. ISBN (Paperback): 9789462702387. ISBN (ePDF): 9789461663412. ISBN (ePUB): 9789461663429. DOI: 10.11116/9789461663412. Reviewed by Massih Zekavat, May 2022.

Huw Marsh. 2020. The Comic Turn in Contemporary English Fiction: Who’s Laughing Now? London: Bloomsbury. 256pp. ISBN (Hardcover): 9781474293037 ISBN (Paperback): 9781350249387 (eBook): 9781474293044. Reviewed by Til Knowles, November 2021.

Madelijn Strick and Thomas E. Ford, eds. 2021. The Social Psychology of Humor: Current Issues in Social Psychology. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN (Hardcover): 9780367487195 ISBN (Paperback): 9780367487188 ISBN (eBook): 9781003042440. Reviewed by David Rawlings, October 2021.

John Rucynski Jr. and Caleb Prichard, eds. 2020. Bridging the Humor Barrier: Humor Competency Training in English Language Teaching. London: Lexington Books. 300 pp. ISBN (Hardcover): 9781498592000 ISBN (Paperback): 9781498592024 ISBN (eBook): 9781498592017. Reviewed by Kerry Mullan, October 2021.

Marcus Tullius Cicero and Michael Fontaine (trans). 2021. How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor. Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers Series. Princeton; Oxford: Princeton University Press. 328pp. ISBN (Hardcover): 9780691206165 ISBN (eBook): 9780691211077 DOI: 10.2307/j.ctv160btp8. Reviewed by Michael Ewans, August 2021.

Frederick Luis Aldama, ed. 2018. Comics Studies Here and Now. New York, Abingdon: Routledge. 364+pp. 36 figures. ISBN (Hardback): 9781138498976 ISBN (Paperback): 9780367590703 ISBN (eBook): 9781351015271. DOI: 10.4324/9781351015271. Reviewed by Richard Scully, August 2021.