Browsing Working Papers by Author "Smith, Moira"

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  • Smith, Moira (2009-10-24)
    Elliott Oring once stated that some jokes are beautiful— a statement that at first blush seems either absurd or revolutionary. But if it seems revolutionary to apply aesthetic approaches to verbal jokes, practical jokes ...
  • Smith, Moira (2007-06)
    Humor demands an immediate audience response, but both the initiating move and the response take place in a context where each party is aware that they are being observed (and their actions judged) by the other. Further, ...
  • Smith, Moira (2009-06-16)
    Jokes are not just about being funny or arousing pleasure. Beneath the humor frame’s cloak of non seriousness, some serious and far-reaching epistemological work is going on. In his Redeeming Laughter, Peter Berger argues ...
  • Smith, Moira (2008-07-31)
    Research into the acoustics of laughter shows that it is extremely variable (e.g. Chafe 2007; Ruch and Ekman 2001). However, I am aware of no experimental research into laughter that takes a cross-cultural comparative ...
  • Smith, Moira (2013-03-29)
    For the last century, New Zealand university students have celebrated graduation with popular and satirical variety shows. For many years, every show included a male ballet. Once very well-known and loved, the male ballet ...

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