Rationale of the Dirty Joke: An Analysis of Sexual Humor

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 1, 2007 - Humor - 816 pages
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Why do people tell dirty jokes?
And what is it about a joke's dirtiness that makes it funny?


G. Legman was perhaps the foremost scholar of the dirty joke, and as legions of humor writers and comedians know, his Rationale of the Dirty Joke remains the most exhaustive and authoritative study of the subject.

More than two thousand jokes and folktales are presented, covering such topics as The Female Fool, The Fortunate Fart, Mutual Mismatching, and The Sex Machine. These folk texts are authentically transcribed in their innocent and sometimes violent entirety. Legman studies each for its historical and socioanalytic significance, revealing what these jokes mean to the people who tell them and to the people who listen and laugh.

Here -- back in print -- is the definitive text for comedians and humor writers, Freudian scholars and late night television enthusiasts. Rationale of the Dirty Joke will amuse you, offend you, challenge you, and disgust you, all while demonstrating the intelligence and hilarity of the dirty joke.
  

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While a comfort to read, I think the know all end all here is that it's a big fat book full of sex jokes. Read full review

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A necessary addition to the library of anyone interested in humor and comedy. Not for the easily offended. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
9
CHILDREN
49
FOOLS
113
Z F O O L S continued
164
RIDDLES WRONGLY RETOLD
179
ANIMALS
191
MONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS
199
Zo6PH11
206
THE SADISTIC CONCEPT
256
THE SADISTIC CONCEPT o1 Co1rUs
266
Monr Doucr
272
ss1oNs
278
THE PEN1s
285
POTENCY AND APHRODISIACS
308
WOMEN
319
PREMARITAL SEXUAL ACTS
398

THE MALE APPROACH
217
THE PRIMACY 01 Co1TUs
236
BREASTS
242
CAsH ON DELIVERY
248
MARRIAGE
437
ADULTERY
664
SUBJECTS MOTIF S
803
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About the author (2007)

G. Legman started a short-lived Freudian quarterly, Neurotica, in the late 1940s. He wrote many books on the subject of erotica and sexual humor, including The Limerick, The Horn Book: Studies in Erotic Folklore, Oragenitalism, and No Laughing Matter: Rationale of the Dirty Joke, Second Series. G. Legman died in 1999 in France.

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