Comedic Departure: A rhetorical approach to humor theory

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2014-05

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The theoretical study of humor via rhetoric and philosophy has been an enterprise undertaken by a plethora of individuals. Beginning in ancient times and continuing on until the present, this continuous study has produced numerous frameworks in which to study the humorous process. This essay explores many of the most notable of these theoretical approaches in an attempt to search for commonality, and in turn a new theoretical understanding of the comic. The result of this survey points towards an understanding of humor which is rooted in the enthymematic assumptions of the context in which it is created, thus opening a new avenue of understanding in regards to both humor theory and humorous texts.

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Rhetoric, Humor

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