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Jacqueline S. Thursby

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123806

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123806.001.0001

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Wakes and Other Amusements

Wakes and Other Amusements

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(p.59) Chapter Three Wakes and Other Amusements
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Funeral Festivals in America
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Jacqueline S. Thursby

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123806.003.0004

This chapter examines frivolities around death and wake ceremonies in the U.S., in particular it looks at humor. It suggests that rather than a paradox or irony, the germ that makes humor operatable is simply surprise. Though humor can be used aggressively, a simple one based on unexpectedness of both human foible and wit is a welcome part of every culture. The chapter presents observations concerning the use of humor in the grieving American family.

Keywords:   death, wake ceremonies, U.S., humor, human foible, wit

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