Humor Prism in 20th Century American Society

ISBN-10: 0814325971

ISBN-13: 9780814325971

Edition: 1997

Authors: Joseph Boskin

List price: $24.99
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


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.
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Ethics Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Law Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Management Online content $4.95 $1.99
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publication date: 8/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

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
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.