New in Humour and Culture series

The Tertium series entitled Humour and Culture aims to promote the study of the relationship between humour and national or ethnic culture. The intention of the Publishing House is to make this series a forum where culturally diverse approaches to humour research could be presented in English. The Tertium Publishing House is particularly interested in publishing monographs on the tradition of humour and research on humour in specific countries or cultural communities.

We hope that this volume responds to the increasing interest of scholars for national manifestations of humour in Central and Eastern European countries, offering an accurate account of the current humour research in Romania. The volume will be of interest to both scholars and students who can have access to Romanian theoretical contributions to the study of humour and to a variety of applied researches in the fields of discourse analysis, psycho- and sociolinguistics, cultural and literary studies.

Soft cover

Publisher: Tertium

Place and year of publication: Kraków 2020


List of contents

Part one: An overview of Romanian humour 19

Mihaela-Viorica Constantinescu, Violeta Ioana Rus, Romanian humour in a nutshell 21
Sonja Heintz, Stanca Măda, Răzvan Săftoiu, An overview on individual differences in humour related traits in Romania 41

Part two: Humour in the media 55

Mihaela-Viorica Constantinescu, Framing war in the humorous press 57
Mihaela Viorica Constantinescu, Pictorial verbal interplay in Romanian cartoons 89
Stanca Măda, Interpreting humorous adverts in online media 115
Stanca Măda, Building identity in humorous media interactions 127
Adrian Stoicescu, Comical intertextual memes as a tool in cultures of protest 151
Stanca Măda, Construction and negotiation of humorous meaning in radio journalistic texts 173
Raluca Sinu, Subtitling humour: The case of phrase play, 189


Part three: Humour in everyday conversation and institutional interaction 205

Răzvan Săftoiu, On the sequential organisation and functions of laughter 207
Stanca Măda, Sources and functions of humour in workplace settings 235
Gabriela Chefneux, Humour in institutional talk in Romania – A comparative analysis 259
Răzvan Săftoiu, Romanian parliamentary debates. Humorous action and interaction 283


Part four: Ethnic humour 301

Timea Prosan, Noemi Tudor, Ethnic identity in jokes with Hungarians and Romanians. 303
Violeta Ioana Rus, A multimodal analysis of conventional humorous structures on sensitive topics within rural communities in Romania 319
Romulus Bucur, Histories and signs: on semiotic manipulation in Romanian folk jokes 343


Part five: Humorous approaches in literature and cultural studies 357

CristinaIoana Dima, The Philosopher’s smile and the Devil’s laughter. Values of humour in Dimitrie Cantemir’s early writings 359
Rodica Maria Ilie, Dadaism – the art of kynical and cynical humour 381
Eugen Istodor, Why Ion Luca Caragiale lost his sense of humour and how the communists brought it back 399
Liliana Hoinărescu, Intertextual irony and humour in Romanian postmodern literature 431
Elena Buja, Humour in intercultural encounters 463


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