The Jokes of Sigmund Freud: A Study in Humor and Jewish Identity

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5.75 X 8.47 X 0.5 inches | 0.52 pounds

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About the Author
Elliott Oring received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University in 1974 and is currently Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Los Angeles. He has written extensively about folklore, humor, and cultural symbolism. His books include Israeli Humor (1981), Humor and the Individual (1984), and Jokes and Their Relations (1992), as well as Folk Groups and Folklore Genres: An Introduction (1986), and Folk Groups and Folklore Genres: A Reader (1989). He served as editor of Western Folklore and is currently on the editorial board of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. Dr. Oring is a Fellow of the American Folklore Society and a Folklore Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
The author writes in a highly sophisticated yet lucid and readable style.... An interesting investigation of a relatively little studied aspect of Freud's life that ought to have appeal not only in relation to Freud's life but as a prototypical study of Jewish identity.
Oring uses psychoanalytic methods of interpretation and his detective work is uncanny. His novel approach yields a devastating, original portrait of Freud, rich in startling insights.
The most sustained effort, a well-informed monograph from which I have learned.
There is something very bracing in Oring's ability to find some of Freud's deepest concerns in something apparently frivolous.
Oring's book on Freud is meticulous, intelligent, solidly researched, and well written.
Oring's work is a serious work of psychobiography. He has collected the jokes and compiled other materials in a scholarly, beautifully annotated way.
Oring's analysis is subtle, extremely well-documented, and practically free of conjecture.
The author manages to be analytical without denigrating Freud, thus avoiding the negative bent in which so many of his critics seem to delight. It makes enjoyable reading.
The thoroughness of Oring's scholarship is impressive. He has ferreted through a mountain of writings by and about Freud, and his treatment of the material is highly intelligent and interesting.
Professor Oring, an anthropologist, has not told us what Freud has eaten, but his integration of data provides a satisfying treatment of the socio-historical context for what other pathologists have previously uncovered.
Oring has made a major contribution to the study of Freud.