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American Humor

ISBN-10: 0195050541
ISBN-13: 9780195050547
Edition: 1989
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Description: The paramount question answered in this absorbing collection of essays is: What's so funny about American humor, and why? What are American humor's characteristics? How have they evolved and displayed themselves? Which characteristics are  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

The paramount question answered in this absorbing collection of essays is: What's so funny about American humor, and why? What are American humor's characteristics? How have they evolved and displayed themselves? Which characteristics are distinctively, or even uniquely, American? Originally appearing as an issue of the American Quarterly, these essays take a close look at American humor from revolutionary times to the present day, and focus particularly on the neglected trends of the past fifty years. Looking at American comic figures as diverse--and even surprising--as Mark Twain and Richard Nixon, at various vehicles for American humor such as comic strips, radio and television, movies, and standup comedians, and at different genres of humor including political, ethnic, and feminist humor, this book brings a lively new perspective to the study of American culture.

Arthur Power Dudden is professor of history at Bryn Mawr College and Founding President of the Fulbright Association of Alumni. He is author of Understanding the American Republic and Joseph FeJs and the Single Tax Movement, and editor of Wood-row Wilson and the World of Today and the International Directory of Specialists in American Studies.

Introduction: American Humor
English Satire and Connecticut Wit
The Importance of Mark Twain
The Record of Political Humor
What's So Funny About the Comics?
Standup Comedy as Social and Cultural Mediation
Ethnic Humor: Subversion and Survival
Humor and Gender Roles: The Funny Feminism of the Post-World War Two Suburbs
Richard Nixon as a Comic Figure

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