The European Journal of Humour Research

Vol 9, No 2 (2021)

Editorial: laughter and humour in communication

Sergey Troitskiy, Aleksandr Lavrentev, Alyona Ivanova, Liisi Laineste


The editorial article for the special issue of EJHR “Laughter and Humour in Communication” provides an overview of all the presented articles and highlights the general idea of the issue.



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Bakhtin, M. (2009 [1968]). Rabelais and His World. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Freidenberg, O. M. (2006). ‘Idei͡a parodii (nabrosok k rabote)’ [The idea of parody (sketch for a work)]. Veche: alʹmanakh russkoĭ filosofii i kulʹtury, 17. SPb., pp. 228-240.

Gluhova, O. et al. (2021). ‘“Smeh i communicazia”: Pyatii mezhdunarodnii gelologicheskii congress’ [“Laughter and Communication”: the Fifth Gelological Congress] (Herzen RSPU 29 May – 1 June). New Literary Observer 3 (169), pp. 437-452. Retrieved June 28, 2021 from

Ruch, W. et al. (2014). ‘The state-of-the art in gelotophobia research: A review and some theoretical extensions’. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 27 (1), pp. 23-46.

Shifman, L. (2013). Memes in Digital Culture. MIT Press.

Titze, M. (2009). ‘Gelotophobia: The fear of being laughed at’. Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 22 (1/2), pp. 27-48.

Tynyanov Y. N. (1977) Dostoevsky and Gogol (Towards a Theory of Parody). In: Tynyanov Y. N. (ed). Poetics. History of literature. Cinema. Moscow, pp. 198–226.

Volovik, D., Omelchenko, M. & Ivanova, A. (2021). Emotional Response to Humour Perception and Gelotophobia Among Healthy Individuals and Patients with Schizophrenia and Depression, with Signs of a High Clinical Risk of Psychosis. Consortium Psychiatricum 2 (1), pp. 8–17.