جۆری توێژینه‌وه‌ : Original Article

نوسه‌ران

1 Kalar Computer Institute

2 Department of English, College of Education, University of Garmian, Kurdistan, Iraq

پوخته‌

This paper aims to investigate the funny stories and jokes coined by people during the spread of the corona virus. Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) first appeared in China as a viral pneumonia in late 2019, and quickly identified as a global pandemic throughout the most countries of the world by March of 2020. The spreading and transmitting the virus was so rapid that surprised the world, and it appeared in a time whenever the world was not ready to stop this virus. The negative impact was astonishing and shocking as the virus caused a huge fatality. Furthermore, the lack of a vaccine to stop the virus, and the imposed situation of the home quarantine psychologically caused great stress, hesitation and fear among the societies. Despite the trauma and fear, which were caused by the virus, some sort of jokes and funny stories were narrated and coined among the different cultures. In this paper, the researchers are going to use the literary device ‘black humour’ as a genre of comic irreverence to analyse those jokes, and to show the effects of them in the different cultures. The data, which are going to be analysed depending on the literary device ‘black humour’, include some selected jokes that have been coined during the spread of the corona virus by the people of Kurdistan-Iraq and some other countries around the world. The data comprise flippant examples of political and social affairs.
Research Question
How are the funny speeches represented during the serious and fatal period of COVID-19 outbreak? To what extent can the literary device ‘black humour’ illustrate the cultural background behind those jokes?

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