'Guilty Pleasures' by Laura Little

'Guilty Pleasures' by Laura Little

In her book, Guilty Pleasures: Comedy and Law in America, Laura E. Little of Temple University Beasley School of Law explores the rich and interesting relationship between comedy and the law. A work that is both thoughtful, and undeniably humorous, Guilty Pleasures offers readers a new perspective on legal history and interpretation.

From the publisher,

Few people associate law books with humor. Yet the legal world--in particular the American legal system--is itself frequently funny. Indeed, jokes about the profession are staples of American comedy. And there is actually humor within the world of law too: both lawyers and judges occasionally strive to be funny to deal with the drudgery of their duties. Just as importantly, though, our legal system is a strong regulator of humor. It encourages some types of humor while muzzling or punishing others. In a sense, law and humor engage a two-way feedback loop: humor provides the raw material for legal regulation and legal regulation inspires humor. In Guilty Pleasures, legal scholar Laura Little provides a multi-faceted account of American law and humor, looking at constraints on humor (and humor's effect on law), humor about law, and humor in law. In addition to interspersing amusing episodes from the legal world throughout the book, the book contains 75 New Yorker cartoons about lawyers and a preface by Bob Mankoff, the cartoon editor for the New Yorker.

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