Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Michael Mendelson

Second Advisor

Linda Shenk

Third Advisor

Barb Blakely

Abstract

The inclusion of humor in public discourse has become more prevalent in recent years. While some teachers have worked to include humor in their classrooms, they often fall short of realizing the full potential of humor as a tool for reflection. This thesis examines the mechanisms of humor, beginning with ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and rhetorical considerations of humor through enlightenment and modern-era theories of humor. Ultimately, the text identifies how philosophical hermeneutics, as considered by Hans-Georg Gadamer, can illuminate the reflective qualities of humor. The thesis then imagines a unit in a foundation-level composition course which utilizes humor and hermeneutics in the service of eliciting critical thinking from students as they produce their own humorous texts.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16618

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Joseph Patrick Bartolotta

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1454695

OCLC Number

269333585

ISBN

9780549687849

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

99 pages

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