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Title: Self-deprecating humour in James Watson's 'The Double Helix' (1968) memoir
Author: Sachi Sri Kantha
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Homepage: http://www1.gifu-u.ac.jp/~srikanth/
Institution: Gifu University
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics
Abstract: To felicitate the 50th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, for the 1953 announcement of the DNA double helix model, I analyze here 13 humorous anecdotes described by James Watson in his 'The Double Helix' (1968) memoir for self deprecating humor. This memoir covered the time span from October 1951 to April 1953. Using Feinberg's taxonomy of humor, I infer that only three categories (obvious aggression, unexpected truth and black humor) are represented in these 13 anecdotes.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Current Science (Bangalore) 2012; 103(8): 950-953.


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