Horsing Around: Contemporary Cowboy Humor

Horsing Around: Contemporary Cowboy Humor

by Lawrence Clayton
     
 

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The tradition of storytelling and folklore reaches deeply into the American notion of national identity, and among the more prominent emblems of American culture stands the cowboy. Despite the attempts to modernize the cowboy of our frontier past, today's mounted horsemen have learned how to adapt to a rapidly changing world—while tenaciously holding on to

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The tradition of storytelling and folklore reaches deeply into the American notion of national identity, and among the more prominent emblems of American culture stands the cowboy. Despite the attempts to modernize the cowboy of our frontier past, today's mounted horsemen have learned how to adapt to a rapidly changing world—while tenaciously holding on to their heritage. Tall tales and yarns make up a great amount of the folklore of this literary tradition, yet woven throughout such stories stir an American mixture of humor, wisdom, and philosophy. In Horsing Around, Clayton, Davis, and Collins draw upon the vast amount of anecdotes portraying the lighter side of working on the range. The collected vignettes in Horsing Around will provide the collector of Texana greater accessibility to stories that are often told only at public performances.

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Booknews
Reprint of a 1991 work (Wayne State University Press). Corrals examples of the unique brand of cowboy humor "from the horse's mouth," i.e. from five cowboy-writers as well as folklorists and fiction authors. The glossary enlightens readers on terms like "razzoo." No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896724075
Publisher:
Texas Tech University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.66(d)

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