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Guilty pleasures, comedy and law in America, Laura Little ; foreward by Bob Mankoff

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Guilty pleasures, comedy and law in America, Laura Little ; foreward by Bob Mankoff
Language
eng
Index
no index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Guilty pleasures
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Oclc number
1061148272
Responsibility statement
Laura Little ; foreward by Bob Mankoff
Series statement
Law & current affairs series
Sub title
comedy and law in America
Summary
In Guilty Pleasures, legal scholar Laura Little provides a multi-faceted account of American law and humor, looking at constraints on humor (and humor's effect on law), humor about law, and humor in law
Table Of Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Table of Contents -- Preface by Bob Mankoff -- Introduction -- A. On, About, In. Law's Intersection with Humor -- B. The Power of New Yorker Cartoons -- C. Humor Scholarship -- 1. Humor Inventories -- 2. Major Theories of Humor -- a. Superiority Theory -- b. Release Theory -- c. Incongruity Theory -- Chapter 1 "On": Law's Effect on Humor -- A. An Unwitting Passage into the Comedy Business: How Courts Become Humor Critics When Indirectly Regulating Humor -- 1. Intellectual Property Law: Parody as a Favored Child in Trademark Law -- 2. Tort -- a. Defamation -- b. Other Torts -- 3. Contract -- 4. Workplace Humor and Harassment Cases -- 5. Endnote on Indirect Regulation -- B. The Frontal Attack: Punishing the Jokester, Muzzling the Comedian, and Regulating the Punster -- 1. Punishing the Jokester -- 2. Muzzling the Stand-up Comedian -- a. Fines, Punishment, and Supreme Court Opinions: Comedians as Outlaws Turned Heroes -- b. Shaming by Self-Regulation: Beating Up on Each Other -- C. The Unusual Case of Hate Speech -- D. Humor's Push Back on Law: Censorship Humor -- Chapter 2 "About": Humor about Law -- A. Lawyers -- 1. Crafty and Cunning: Disloyal Lawyers as Allies of the Devil -- 2. Money-Grubbing Vultures -- 3. Proliferating Lawyers -- 4. The Future of Lawyer Jokes -- B. Judges -- C. Juries -- 1. Stupid Jurors -- 2. Lazy Jurors -- 3. Misbehaving Jurors -- 4. Common Sense Jurors -- D. Gender and Race Meet Humor and the Law -- 1. Gender -- a. Female Lawyers -- b. Female Judges -- c. Female Jurors -- 2. Race -- E. The Legal System and Legal Texts -- 1. The Legal System -- 2. Legal Texts -- F. Can Satire Inspire Change? -- Chapter 3 "In": Humor in Law -- A. Funny Lawyers -- 1. Advice Giving, Media Spinning, and Social Justice Advocacy -- 2. Negotiation and Mediation -- 3. Adversary Litigation -- B. Funny Judges -- 1. In-Court and Extrajudicial Humor -- 2. Humor in Opinions -- C. Funny Legal Instruments -- 1. Contracts -- 2. Wills -- D. Funny Laws -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index
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