American Humor / Edition 1

American Humor / Edition 1

by Arthur Power Dudden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195050541

ISBN-13: 9780195050547

Pub. Date: 12/28/1989

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195050547
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1989
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 5.44(h) x 0.38(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: American Humorxi
English Satire and Connecticut Wit3
The Importance of Mark Twain24
The Record of Political Humor50
What's So Funny About the Comics?76
Standup Comedy as Social and Cultural Mediation85
Ethnic Humor: Subversion and Survival97
Humor and Gender Roles: The Funny Feminism of the Post-World War Two Suburbs118
Richard Nixon as a Comic Figure138

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