A Marxist theory of Humor?

glevy at acnet.pratt.edu glevy at acnet.pratt.edu
Fri Jun 2 06:54:19 MDT 1995


Since you are evidently very interested in the topic of humor, I would
ask:  Could you give us the outline of a Marxist theory of humor?

Humor is a part of language and ideology, I would suggest.  Humor is
often class, race, or gender-based.  It can be a means with which the
ruling class continues its domination.  Consequently, there can be
progressive humor and reactionary humor, humor which moves the struggle
for socialism forward and humor which retards that struggle.  What is
humorous for one class is frequently insulting to another.

Jerry


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