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dc.creatorMcFarlane, Brent R
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-26T15:58:12Z
dc.date.available2016-09-26T15:58:12Z
dc.date.created2016-09
dc.date.issued2016-09-26
dc.date.submittedSeptember 2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10388/7482
dc.description.abstractJoke Book is a creative thesis, a collection of comic personal essays, somewhat in the spirit of Montaigne, in which I trace the impact of several pivotal jokes on my life. Among other digressions, I give a mathematical theory of comedy using the Fibonacci sequence, mostly fail to read Kierkegaard’s Repetition, try to blame lutefisk for the bitter character of Saskatchewan humour, reflect on my experiences in Skit Skit (a mildly successful local sketch comedy troupe in my city of 250,000), and tell of the time my father brought home his malfunctioning Wang (Laboratories Computer). In the process, I give an incomplete though still exhaustive account of my life and my surroundings (namely, rural Saskatchewan since 1985), and reflect on racism, class, sexism, television, memes, hip-hop, and, again, lutefisk. Sometimes bordering on the absurd, the work is more footnotes than actual prose, and more sizzle than steak. It also details the author’s complicity in the wrongful accusation and subsequent murder of a chicken in 1993, when the author was eight years old.
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dc.subjecthumour
dc.subjectnumbers
dc.subjectmath in comedy
dc.subjectfibonacci
dc.subjectsaskatchewan
dc.subjectrural saskatchewan
dc.subjectmemoir
dc.subjectautobiography
dc.subjectrepetition
dc.subjectrepetition in comedy
dc.subjectcomedy
dc.subjectjokes
dc.subjectjoke
dc.subjectjoke book
dc.titleJoke Book
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2016-09-26T15:58:12Z
thesis.degree.departmentInterdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity
thesis.degree.disciplineWriting
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Saskatchewan
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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dc.contributor.committeeMemberFindlay, Leonard
dc.contributor.committeeMemberParkinson, David
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSurtees, Doug
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLynes, Jeanette


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