Australasian Humour Studies Network

Book reviews

The following book reviews were commissioned by the AHSN in collaboration with The European Journal of Humour Research. They appear in chronological order.


Shores, M.W. 2024. Book review: Suzuki, Shige (CJ) and Ronald Stewart (2023). Manga: A Critical Guide. Bloomsbury Academic. European Journal of Humour Research, Vol 12, 1, 260–263.

Rolfe, M. 2024. Book review: Derrin, Daniel & Hannah Burrows (eds.) (2020). The Palgrave Handbook of Humour, History, and Methodology. Springer. European Journal of Humour Research, Vol 12, 1, 264–267.

Mullan, K. 2024. Book review: Mpofu, Shepherd (ed.)(2021) Digital Humour in the Covid-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from the Global South. Palgrave Macmillan. European Journal of Humour Research, Vol 12, 1, 277–280.

Arab, R. 2023. Book review: Thielemann, Nadine (2020). Understanding Conversational Joking: A Cognitive-pragmatic Study Based on Russian Interactions. John Benjamins. European Journal of Humour Research, Vol 11, 4, 128-132.

Fiadotava, Anastasiya 2023. Book review: Zekavat, Massih, and Tabea Scheel (2023). Satire, Humor, and Environmental Crisis. Routledge. European Journal of Humour Research, Vol 11, 4, 120-123.

Murphy, Marty 2023. Book review: Gray, Josephine, and Lisa Trahair (eds.) (2022). Second Nature: Comic Performance and Philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield. European Journal of Humour Research, Vol 11, 4, 104-107.

Milner Davis, Jessica 2023. Book review. M.W. Shores (2021). The Comic Storytelling of Western Japan: Satire and Social Mobility in Kamigata Rakugo. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. European Journal of Humour Research, Vol 11, 2, 178-180.


The following book reviews were commissioned by the AHSN. They appear in chronological order.


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.