American Humor: A Study of the National Character / Edition 1

American Humor: A Study of the National Character / Edition 1

by Constance Rourke, W. T. Lhamon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813008379

ISBN-13: 9780813008370

Pub. Date: 01/28/1931

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Stepping out of the darkness, the American emerges upon the stage of history as a new character, as puzzling to himself to others. American Humor, Constance Rourke's pioneering "study of the national character," singles out the archetypal figures of the Yankee peddler, the backwoodsman, and the blackface minstrel to illuminate the fundamental role of popular culture…  See more details below

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Stepping out of the darkness, the American emerges upon the stage of history as a new character, as puzzling to himself to others. American Humor, Constance Rourke's pioneering "study of the national character," singles out the archetypal figures of the Yankee peddler, the backwoodsman, and the blackface minstrel to illuminate the fundamental role of popular culture in fashioning a distinctive American sensibility. A memorable performance in its own right: American Humor crackles with the jibes and jokes of generations while presenting a striking picture of a vagabond nation in perpetual self-pursuit. Davy Crockett and Henry James, Jim Crow and Emily Dickinson rub shoulders in a work that inspired such later critics as Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs and which still has much to say about the America of Bob Dylan and Thomas Pynchon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813008370
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
01/28/1931
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.57(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments9
Foreword11
ICorn Cobs Twist Your Hair15
IIThe Gamecock of the Wilderness37
IIIThat Long-Tail'd Blue70
IVStrollers91
VThe Comic Poet115
VII Hear America Singing133
VIIFacing West from California's Shores163
VIIIThe American186
IXRound Up209
Bibliographical Note237
Index245

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