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Overview

Who says you can't have a serious reference work on humor? This new resource offers a broad look at humor with more than 100 well-written and entertaining entries. Scholarly in nature, yet enjoyable to read, the Encyclopedia examines several aspects of humor, such as: styles of humor, subjects of comedy, media methods, academic endeavors, humor in society, historical aspects.

This volume celebrates a century of twists and turns in American humor. With entries ranging from the vaudeville days of the early twentieth century to the Internet's influence on modern jokes, this resource is a valuable addition to any library.

"This unique encyclopedia treats the concepts, persons, themes, and media of 20th-century American humor and humor studies. More than 100 alphabetically arranged entries highlight a broad range of humor-related topics from wit, understatement, and ambiguity to late-night talk shows and the Internet."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.

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How many people have desperately wanted a reference to contemporary jokes to consult before they went to the party or bar? Alas this is not it. English scholars (Arizona State U.) and leaders in the International Society for Humor Studies offer article-length essays on broad topics within which they provide information about specific writers and performers. Their topics include gender and human, ethnic humor, political correctness, sitcoms, language play, and cartoons. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573562188
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/20/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ALLEEN PACE NILSEN is professor of English at Arizona State University and the editor of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) Newsletter.

DON L.F. NILSEN is professor of English at Arizona State University and executive secretary for the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS).

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Table of Contents

Preface

Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor

Bibliography

Index

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