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The mirror of laughter.


The mirror of laughter.

Kozintsev, Alexander. Trans. by Richard P. Martin.

Transaction Publishers


235 pages




Kosintzev (research, Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russia) offers a theory of laughter and humor based on how it relates to human behavior. In this translation from the original Russian, the author provides an interesting take on how biological and cultural factors affect behavior. He explores biological data regarding laughter and humor and its origins, the linguistics involved, and issues revolving around the clash between culture and nature and how they have changed the original meanings and symbols of laughter.

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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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