Dr Jessica Davis

PhD, FRSN
Honorary Associate

Member of China Studies Centre

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


Website www.sydney.edu.au/humourstudies

Biographical details

Jessica MILNER DAVIS is an Honorary Associate in the School of Literate, Art and Media, University of Sydney and Coordinator of the Australasian Humour Studies Network. A Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge, she is a Research Affiliate with Brunel University’s Centre for Comedy Studies Research and has been a Visiting Scholar at Bristol, Stanford, Hofstra and Zurich Universities and a Senior Fellow at Bologna University in 2013. In 2017 she was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales in recognition of her interdisciplinary work. She served as President of the International Society for Humor Studies (1996 and 2001). An editorial board member for several humour research journals and book series, Dr Davis commissioned over fifty entries for the Sage Encyclopedia of Humor Studies (2014). Her own publications include many articles and book chapters, a monograph on Farce (Methuen 1978, 2003), and edited volumes of multi-disciplinary thematic studies in humour: Understanding Humor in Japan (2011), Humour in Chinese Life and Letters and Humour in Chinese Life and Culture (Hong Kong UP 2013 and 2015), and Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Tradition and Practice (Palgrave 2017). She is currently preparing a book on humour by and about judges.

Research interests

  • Comedy
  • Humour
  • Cross-cultural studies in humour
  • Humour theory and practice
  • Satire
  • Cultural history of humour and laughter
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration on humour and comedy

Current projects

Associations

  • International Society for Humor Studies

Awards and honours

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Davis, J., Roach Anleu, S. (2018). Judges, Judging and Humour. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2017). Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Heritage and Practice. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J., Chey, J. (2013). Humour in Chinese Life and Culture: Resistance and Control in Modern Times. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Chey, J., Davis, J. (2011). Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Davis, J. (2019). Foreword. The Intersection of Humour: Studies and Cultural History. In Vivienne Westbrook and Shun-Liang Chao (Eds.), Humour in the Arts: New Perspectives, (pp. iix-xii). London: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2018). Justices on Stage: Comic Tradition in the European Theatre. In Jessica Milner Davis, Sharyn Roach Anleu (Eds.), Judges, Judging and Humour, (pp. 101-137). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Roach Anleu, S., Davis, J. (2018). Thinking About Judges, Judging and Humour: The Intersection of Opposites. In Jessica Milner Davis, Sharyn Roach Anleu (Eds.), Judges, Judging and Humour, (pp. 1-38). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J., Foyle, L. (2017). The Satirist, the Larrikin and the Politician: An Australian Perspective on Satire and Politics. In Jessica Milner Davis (Eds.), Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Heritage and Practice, (pp. 1-36). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2014). Bergson and the Theory of the Comic. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 77-80). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J., Parkin, J. (2014). Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 140-144). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Farce. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 233-237). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Genres and Styles of Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 263-267). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). High Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 285-288). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Marks, R., Davis, J. (2014). Hoax and Prank. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 337-340). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J., Noonan, W. (2014). Literature. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 459-464). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Low Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 464-466). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Traditional Comic Conflicts in Farce and Roles for Women. In Delia Chiaro, Raffaella Baccolini (Eds.), Gender and Humor: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives, (pp. 30-52). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2013). From the Romance Lands: Farce as Life-Blood of the Theatre. In Zenia Stacks DaSilva and Gregory M. Pell (Eds.), At Whom are We Laughing?: Humor in Romance Language Literatures, (pp. 3-18). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Davis, J. (2013). Humour and its cultural context: Introduction and overview. In Jessica Milner Davis, Jocelyn Chey (Eds.), Humour in Chinese Life and Culture: Resistance and Control in Modern Times, (pp. 1-21). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2011). The Fool and the Path to Spiritual Insight. In Geybels, H; Van Herck, W (Eds.), Humour and Religion: Challenges and Ambiguities, (pp. 218-247). London, UK: Continuum. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2011). The Theory of Humours and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Preamble to Chapter 3. In Chey, Jocelyn; Milner Davis, Jessica (Eds.), Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches, (pp. 31-35). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Davis, J. (2009). 'Aussie' humour and laughter: Joking as an acculturating ritual. In Fran De Groen, Peter Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, (pp. 31-47). St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.

Journals

  • Davis, J. (2018). Review of Louise S. Peacock, Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain. Humor. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2017). Unmasking Christie. European Journal for Humour Research, 5(4), 29-36. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2016). Introduction. JOSA: The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 48, 136-141.
  • Davis, J. (2016). Satire and its constraints: Case-studies from Australia, Japan and the People's Republic of China. Humor, 29(2), 197-221. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2013). Book Review: Margaret Rose, "Pictorial Irony, Parody, and Pastiche: Comic Interpictoriality in the Arts of the 19th and 20th Centuries". British Journal of Aesthetics, 53(3), 365-367.
  • Rawlings, D., Tham, T., Davis, J. (2010). Gelotophobia, personality and emotion ratings following emotion-inducing scenarios. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 52(2), 161-170.
  • Condren, C., Davis, J., McCausland, S., Phiddian, R. (2008). Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception: Part 2 - Advancing ordinary definitions. Media and Arts Law Review, 13(4), 1-21.
  • Condren, C., Davis, J., McCausland, S., Phiddian, R. (2008). Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception: Part I - Why US law and dictionaries are unsound sources. Media and Arts Law Review, 13(3), 273-292.

2019

  • Davis, J. (2019). Foreword. The Intersection of Humour: Studies and Cultural History. In Vivienne Westbrook and Shun-Liang Chao (Eds.), Humour in the Arts: New Perspectives, (pp. iix-xii). London: Taylor and Francis. [More Information]

2018

  • Davis, J., Roach Anleu, S. (2018). Judges, Judging and Humour. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2018). Justices on Stage: Comic Tradition in the European Theatre. In Jessica Milner Davis, Sharyn Roach Anleu (Eds.), Judges, Judging and Humour, (pp. 101-137). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2018). Review of Louise S. Peacock, Slapstick and Comic Performance: Comedy and Pain. Humor. [More Information]
  • Roach Anleu, S., Davis, J. (2018). Thinking About Judges, Judging and Humour: The Intersection of Opposites. In Jessica Milner Davis, Sharyn Roach Anleu (Eds.), Judges, Judging and Humour, (pp. 1-38). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]

2017

  • Davis, J. (2017). Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Heritage and Practice. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J., Foyle, L. (2017). The Satirist, the Larrikin and the Politician: An Australian Perspective on Satire and Politics. In Jessica Milner Davis (Eds.), Satire and Politics: The Interplay of Heritage and Practice, (pp. 1-36). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2017). Unmasking Christie. European Journal for Humour Research, 5(4), 29-36. [More Information]

2016

  • Davis, J. (2016). Introduction. JOSA: The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, 48, 136-141.
  • Davis, J. (2016). Satire and its constraints: Case-studies from Australia, Japan and the People's Republic of China. Humor, 29(2), 197-221. [More Information]

2014

  • Davis, J. (2014). Bergson and the Theory of the Comic. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 77-80). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J., Parkin, J. (2014). Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 140-144). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Farce. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 233-237). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Genres and Styles of Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 263-267). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). High Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 285-288). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Marks, R., Davis, J. (2014). Hoax and Prank. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 337-340). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J., Noonan, W. (2014). Literature. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 459-464). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Low Comedy. In Salvatore Attardo (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, (pp. 464-466). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  • Davis, J. (2014). Traditional Comic Conflicts in Farce and Roles for Women. In Delia Chiaro, Raffaella Baccolini (Eds.), Gender and Humor: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives, (pp. 30-52). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

2013

  • Davis, J. (2013). Book Review: Margaret Rose, "Pictorial Irony, Parody, and Pastiche: Comic Interpictoriality in the Arts of the 19th and 20th Centuries". British Journal of Aesthetics, 53(3), 365-367.
  • Davis, J. (2013). From the Romance Lands: Farce as Life-Blood of the Theatre. In Zenia Stacks DaSilva and Gregory M. Pell (Eds.), At Whom are We Laughing?: Humor in Romance Language Literatures, (pp. 3-18). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Davis, J. (2013). Humour and its cultural context: Introduction and overview. In Jessica Milner Davis, Jocelyn Chey (Eds.), Humour in Chinese Life and Culture: Resistance and Control in Modern Times, (pp. 1-21). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. [More Information]
  • Davis, J., Chey, J. (2013). Humour in Chinese Life and Culture: Resistance and Control in Modern Times. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

2011

  • Chey, J., Davis, J. (2011). Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.
  • Davis, J. (2011). The Fool and the Path to Spiritual Insight. In Geybels, H; Van Herck, W (Eds.), Humour and Religion: Challenges and Ambiguities, (pp. 218-247). London, UK: Continuum. [More Information]
  • Davis, J. (2011). The Theory of Humours and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Preamble to Chapter 3. In Chey, Jocelyn; Milner Davis, Jessica (Eds.), Humour in Chinese Life and Letters: Classical and Traditional Approaches, (pp. 31-35). Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

2010

  • Rawlings, D., Tham, T., Davis, J. (2010). Gelotophobia, personality and emotion ratings following emotion-inducing scenarios. Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling, 52(2), 161-170.

2009

  • Davis, J. (2009). 'Aussie' humour and laughter: Joking as an acculturating ritual. In Fran De Groen, Peter Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Serious Frolic: Essays on Australian Humour, (pp. 31-47). St Lucia, QLD: University of Queensland Press.

2008

  • Condren, C., Davis, J., McCausland, S., Phiddian, R. (2008). Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception: Part 2 - Advancing ordinary definitions. Media and Arts Law Review, 13(4), 1-21.
  • Condren, C., Davis, J., McCausland, S., Phiddian, R. (2008). Defining parody and satire: Australian copyright law and its new exception: Part I - Why US law and dictionaries are unsound sources. Media and Arts Law Review, 13(3), 273-292.

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