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dc.contributor.authorWeaver, S-
dc.identifier.citationHUMOR, 28(2): 327 - 347, (April 2015)en_US
dc.description.abstractStudies of humor informed by an understanding of rhetoric offer a number of conceptual tools for the analysis of disparagement humor. This article examines recent rhetorical approaches to humor analysis and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses. Where possible, it seeks to synthesise these approaches for what might be called an emerging methodological branch of humor studies. Although not all rhetorical analysts can be considered critical theorists, the article argues for the particular usefulness of these approaches for critical humor studies. A sample of 28 online anti-Semitic jokes is used to illustrate the various methods of rhetorical humor analysis. The discussion examines the fundamental assumptions, propositions, uniqueness and limitations of each theory. The central observation is that rhetorical humor analysis provides methods that add to disparagement theory. This central observation is supported by three points: that humor is structured with rhetorical devices that might, in various ways, convince; that the context of utterance influences the meaning of humor and thus the context of utterance is rhetorical; and, that the discursive content of humor provides the material to be reinforced.en_US
dc.format.extent327 - 347-
dc.publisherDe Gruyteren_US
dc.subjectAnti-semitic humoren_US
dc.subjectDisparagement humoren_US
dc.subjectInternet humoren_US
dc.subjectRhetorical analysis of humoren_US
dc.titleThe rhetoric of disparagement humor: An analysis of anti-semitic joking onlineen_US
dc.relation.isPartOfHumor: international journal of humor research-
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