P.S. dead baby jokes arent funny: The grotesque in sick humor. Andrew M. Warner

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P.S. dead baby jokes arent funny: The grotesque in sick humor.  by  Andrew M. Warner

P.S. dead baby jokes arent funny: The grotesque in sick humor. by Andrew M. Warner
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Building on research by folklorists such as Alan Dundes, I examine the cultural significance of the dead baby joke cycle. Coupled with Mikhail Bakhtins use of the grotesque, I show that the jokes can be read as a verbal carnival that offers aMoreBuilding on research by folklorists such as Alan Dundes, I examine the cultural significance of the dead baby joke cycle.

Coupled with Mikhail Bakhtins use of the grotesque, I show that the jokes can be read as a verbal carnival that offers a controlled rebellion that acts as a coping mechanism. I go on to explore the ambiguous symbolism of the baby figure and examine the stress caused by considering babies to be less than human. Ultimately, the study shows that the jokes provide a discursive space to deal with the stress and fear of the joke tellers own mortality.



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