ERIC Number: ED162285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Look at Humor in Literature and Children's Responses to Humor.
Monson, Dianne L.
Humor in literature and children's responses to humor deserve serious study. Humor in literature may focus on a character's method for coping with a disturbing situation, problems (such as riddles) that engender sudden insights when things fall into place, or ludicrous characters. Incongruity and surprise also play an important part in humor and occur in many children's books. The tragi-comic development in children's literature may be traced back to oral folk literature; and children's books around the world provide examples of character humor, incongruity between reality and fantasy, ridiculous or slapstick situations, and word play. Psychologists have studied children's response to humor from a Piagetian standpoint, the relationship of comprehension and moral development to children's humor responses, and maturational differences in response. Other relevant research has included studies of the relationship of intelligence to children's humor choices, the types of humor children prefer, and children's reactions to various kinds of humor stimuli. Teachers can carry out their own action research to find out what children laugh at. (The paper lists 51 books and articles, including humorous children's books and relevant research reports.) (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reader Response
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association World Congress on Reading (7th, Hamburg, West Germany, August 1-3, 1978)