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Title: The 'highs' and the 'lows' of humour : funny junior fiction from 1960 onwards
Author: Cross, Julie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2675 1005
Awarding Body: Roehampton University
Current Institution: University of Roehampton
Date of Award: 2009
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This text-based study examines the intricacies of textual humour in junior texts, using the tools of literary criticism and humour theory. My research investigates the dialectical paradoxes of humour and the common assumptions of simplistic oppositional binaries of 'simple' versus 'complex' humour, 'childish' versus 'adult' humour, 'nonserious' versus 'serious' humour; basically, 'high' versus 'low' forms and properties of humour. I suggest that the various combinations of these 'high' and 'low' forms of humour, within junior texts for young readers at such a crucial stage of their reading and social development, provide a valuable commentary upon the culture and values of contemporary western society.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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