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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Israeli Journal of Humor Research: An International Journal (ISJHR) came out of the 2012 Krakow International Humor Conference, and is targeted at “any disciplinary perspective that contributes to the scholarly understanding of humor.” Four issues have appeared thus far, and an examination of them shows material ranging across a spectrum of subjects, including comedy and satire, folklore, humor techniques and theory, literary studies, management, medicine, politics, pragmatics, psychology, sociology, and special education.
Articles range from the intensely scholarly to instruction in how to make people laugh; a sampling includes: “Time Limitation Theory (TLT) as the Basis for Humor Creation,” “Comics as a Learning Tool in Organizations and Companies,” “Knock, Knock: Who's There? The Funny Teacher: The Funny Teacher Who? Exactly! The Need to use Humor in the Special Education Classroom,” “From The Margins to Prime Time: Israeli Arabs on Israeli Television: the Case of Sayed Kashua's "Arab Labour",” “Medical Clowning: A Training and Evaluation Model,” “Forty Five Ways to Make 'Em Laugh,” “The English Mother-in-Law Joke and its Missing Relatives,” and “Garden Paths, Red Lights and Crossroads: On Finding our Way to Understanding the Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Jokes.”
Authorship is indeed international, with manuscripts from Canada, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. making up the first four issues. Issues each contain an editorial, regular articles, and book reviews, and some issues include bibliographical analyses and short communications.
If it’s not too oxymoronic to say so, this is a serious journal about humor – humor as it pertains to a multitude of fields and situations. Any researcher interested in the study of humor and comedy will be well-served by it; this is a title about which librarians should know.