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September 4 , 2003
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Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture

Edited by Dr. Peter Narváez

Of Corpse: Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture
Dr. Peter Narváez
Dr. Peter Narváez

Edited by Folklore professor Dr. Peter Narváez, Of Corpse tackles the seemingly unusual topic of how death and humour are found in everyday life.

Dr. Narváez has selected a collection of articles that focus on what he calls the “death-humour paradox”; that is, juxtaposing a serious matter with a humourous outcome.

Drawing from earlier research on the merry wake in Newfoundland (that essay appears in this volume as well), Dr. Narváez has included pieces on jokes after mass-mediated events (such as Sept. 11), humour in customs such as Halloween and Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and products of popular culture, such as the Grateful Dead and the feature film Weekend at Bernie’s.

This disparate list indeed reflects the nature of contemporary folklore research and its intersection with popular culture. Dr. Narváez situates his text squarely in the realm of other folklore studies focusing on death, as well as studies on humour. Focusing on ethnographic research, and drawing from a variety of cultural and theoretical perspectives, this collection of essays provide an in-depth and comprehensive snapshot of, as Dr. Narváez explains, “complex expressive forms that link death and humour.”

Of Corpse: Death and Humour in Folklore and Popular Culture is published by Utah State University Press.

 

 


 


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