American Women Humorists: Critical Essays

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First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Essays in this volume examine the full range of humor written by American women from 1840 to the present, encompassing such writers as Anita Loos, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Veronica Geng, Marietta Holley, Dorothy Parker, and Fran Lebowitz. Presenting various critical perspectives, the volume contains some classic introductions to collections of women's humor as well as several essays commissioned for this anthology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780815306221
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Studies in Humor
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

General Editor's Note
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chronology of Selected Works of Women's Humor in America
The Wit of Women 3
"New England Women Humorists" 9
Laughing Their Way: Women's Humor in America 17
Pulling Our Own Strings: Feminist Humor and Satire 23
Redressing the Balance: American Women's Literary Humor from Colonial Times to the 1980s 33
"Wit, Sentimentality, and the Image of Women in the Nineteenth Century" 61
"A Laughter of Their Own: Women's Humor in the United States" 85
"From Kate Sanborn to Feminist Psychology: The Social Context of Women's Humor, 1885-1985" 109
"Why We Aren't Laughing... Any More" 131
"Mother Wit: Humor in Afro-American Women's Autobiography" 141
"Humoring the Sentence: Women's Dialogic Comedy" 155
"Sarah Kemble Knight and the Picaresque Tradition" 173
"The Return of the Widow Bedott: Mrs. F. M. Whitcher of Whitesboro and Elmira" 183
"Frances Miriam Whitcher: Social Satire in the Age of Gentility" 215
"The Play's the Thing: Anna Cora Mowatt Catches the Fashion Conscience" 239
"The 'Scribbling Women' and Fanny Fern: Why Women Wrote" 255
"Introduction to Samantha Rastles the Woman Question" 287
"Heterodite Humor: Alice Duer Miller and Florence Guy Seabury" 311
"'I Am Outraged Womanhood': Dorothy Parker as Feminist and Social Critic" 327
"Hurston, Humor, and the Harlem Renaissance" 341
"There's a Joker in the Menstrual Hut: A Performance Analysis of Comedian Kate Clinton" 383
Selected Bibliography 431
Index 437
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