Humor Prism in 20th Century American Society
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Description: Why do some jokes evaporate after the telling while others are transmitted to subsequent generations? Just what property of humor allows it to touch diverse members of a culture at a given time? As a penetrating and refracting angle of history, humor illuminates the expectations and contradictions of society, its anxieties and confusions, and permits perspective into any historic moment. The Humor Prism in Twentieth-Century America explores to what extent and in what ways American humor in the twentieth century reflects history, examining the dynamics and disguised messages behind humor. The first section of this volume concentrates on patterns of humor in the twentieth century. Section two looks at the power and politics of women's humor, and at multicultural humor. The final section presents and evaluates the major joke cycles from the post-World War II period to the 1990s as responses to profound social and economic change, such as Polish jokes and JAP jokes.
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Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 8/1/1997
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|History and Humor|
|What Makes People Laugh?: Cracking the Cultural Code|
|The Great American Joke|
|Our Native Humor|
|Entropy and Transformation: Two Types of American Humor|
|American Political Humor: Touchables and Taboos|
|The Standup Comedian as Anthropologist: Intentional Culture Critic|
|The Urban Landscape|
|Saloons and Burlesques|
|The People of the Joke: On the Conceptualization of a Jewish Humor|
|African-American Humor: Resistance and Retaliation|
|Why Are These Women Laughing? The Power and Politics of Women's Humor|
|A Rose by Any Other Name ... The Occasional Doo-Dah Parade|
|The Giant and the Child: "Cruel" Humor in American Culture|
|The Helen Keller Joke Cycle|
|Racial Riddles and the Polack Joke|
|The J.A.P. and the J.A.M. in American Jokelore|
|Many Hands Make Light Work or Caught in the Act of Screwing in Light Bulbs|
|Those Sick Challenger Jokes|