REVIEW COMMENT "The philosophical study of humour has a complex and fitful history: few people have been brave enough to write about humour seriously, and those who have tend to disagree with one another. For those seeking an entry point, Paul McDonald’s The Philosophy of Humour (2012) gives a useful overview of the major theories. There are those who believe that laughter derives from a sense of superiority (Hobbes and Bergson) or from a sense of relief, or release of energy (Freud’s “economy of psychic expenditure”). But the earliest, most primal examples of humour all seem to have some sort of incongruity at their heart. McDonald gives the example of “the Lion Man figure found in 1939 in the Swabian Alps”, which is thought to be about 35,000 years old. Having the body of a lion and the legs of a man, it is thought to be one of the earliest examples of represented incongruity, dating from the time when human beings first developed “an ability to juxtapose disparate concepts”. Jonathan Coe, The Guardian.
read, struggling with its structure and occasionally fragmented style. This guide is designed to help readers engage with this complex work and achieve a deeper understanding of its context, the literary strategies it employs, and the various ways in which it has been interpreted since its publication in
Integrates the traditions of star studies and industry studiesto establish an original and innovative mode of analysis wherebythe ‘star image’ is replaced with the ‘starbrand’Offers the first extensive analysis of stardom in the‘post-studio’ eraCombines genre, narrative, acting, and discourse analysis withaspects of marketing theory and the economic analysis of the filmmarketDraws on an extensive body of research data not previouslydeployed in film scholarshipA wide range of star examples are explored including GeorgeClooney, Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Daniel Day-Lewis, Tom Hanks, WillSmith, and Julia Roberts
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Paul McDonald challenges and equips readers to walk in the fullness of their gifts and talents. Youll live a better life having read this book.
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Paul shares his struggles with doubt and frustration as he pursued a greater purpose and calling. Its never easy, and not always obvious, but following Jesus one step at a time will unlock greater meaning, adventure, and life than you can imagine.
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