Humor Mechanisms in Film Comedy: Incongruity and Superiority

  title={Humor Mechanisms in Film Comedy: Incongruity and Superiority},
  author={Jeroen Vandaele},
  journal={Poetics Today},
  pages={221 - 249}
In humor studies, incongruity and superiority are traditionally regarded as two independent concepts. Taken separately, each concept both under- and overdetermines the field of humorous phenomena. When redefined, incongruity and superiority do not represent incompatible views of humor but are strongly interwoven in at least four specific ways: (1) normalization, (2) evaluation through indirect communication, (3) solution, and (4) conditioning. Moreover, such an integrated view of superiority… 

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