Become the life and soul of the party with this side-splitting collection of jokes for all occasions: diverse jokes making fun of the idiosyncrasies of the Welsh, their love of rugby and beer, religion, education and the role of females.
American tourist: Say buddy, what's the name of this place? Local man: Rhosllanerchrugog. American tourist: Gee, how do you spell that? Local man: Just the way it sounds. Packed with good-natured clean jokes about Wales and the Welsh, this little book will have you in stitches with gags about Welsh culture and customs: male voice choirs, confused English tourists, eisteddfods and odd place names. Whether you're Welsh or just visiting, you'll have loads of fun with this little book of wonderful Welsh wit.
Shakespeare and Wales offers a 'Welsh correction' to a long-standing deficiency. It explores the place of Wales in Shakespeare's drama and in Shakespeare criticism, covering ground from the absorption of Wales into the Tudor state in 1536 to Shakespeare on the Welsh stage in the twenty-first century. Shakespeare's major Welsh characters, Fluellen and Glendower, feature prominently, but the Welsh dimension of the histories as a whole, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cymbeline also come in for examination. The volume also explores the place of Welsh-identified contemporaries of Shakespeare such as Thomas Churchyard and John Dee, and English writers with pronounced Welsh interests such as Spenser, Drayton and Dekker. This volume brings together experts in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, including leading practitioners of British Studies, in order to establish a detailed historical context that illustrates the range and richness of Shakespeare's Welsh sources and resources, and confirms the degree to which Shakespeare continues to impact upon Welsh culture and identity even as the process of devolution in Wales serves to shake the foundations of Shakespeare's status as an unproblematic English or British dramatist.
Humour has been discovered in every known human culture and thinkers have discussed it for over two thousand years. Humour can serve many functions; it can be used to relieve stress, to promote goodwill among strangers, to dissipate tension within a fractious group, to display intelligence, and some have even claimed that it improves health and fights sickness. In this Very Short Introduction Noel Carroll examines the leading theories of humour including The Superiority Theory and The Incongruity Theory. He considers the relation of humour to emotion and cognition, and explores the value of humour, specifically in its social functions. He argues that humour, and the comic amusement that follows it, has a crucial role to play in the construction of communities, but he also demonstrates that the social aspect of humour raises questions such as 'When is humour immoral?' and 'Is laughing at immoral humour itself immoral?'. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
Author: David Jandrell
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Welsh wit and humor
David Jandrell presents his long-awaited sequel to the popular Welsh Valleys Humour (2004). The author is a connoisseur of laugh-out-loud anecdotes, silly sayings, and all kinds of localisms,' from Welsh nicknames to bizarre mistranslations. Here he gathers together some of his very best finds. This light-hearted look at the dialect, customs, and jokes of South Wales will delight and enlighten visitors, and have locals laughing along in recognition.
Author: Russell Davies
Release Date: 2005
A radically unorthodox portrait of the lives of the Welsh is offered in this social history of Wales from 1789–1870. A large range of social subjects—rich landlords in the south, poor peasants in the north, and such unspeakable persons as bastard children and wizards—are discussed along with engrossing analyses of such unusual institutions as the insane asylum and the rural festival. By interpreting the life experiences and emotions of individual people within Welsh society, this inquiry opens up the fascinating and heretofore hidden world of Wales during the rise of industrial Europe.