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Jewish Wry: Essays on Jewish Humor / Edition 1
     

Jewish Wry: Essays on Jewish Humor / Edition 1

by Alan Cooper
 

ISBN-10: 0814323669

ISBN-13: 9780814323663

Pub. Date: 01/28/1987

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

When the Jews of Eastern Europe came to the United States in the 19th century, they brought with them their own special humor. Developed in response to the dissonant reality of their lives, their self-critical humor served as a source of salvation, enabling them to endure a painful history with a sense of power. In America, the marginal status of immigrant Jews

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When the Jews of Eastern Europe came to the United States in the 19th century, they brought with them their own special humor. Developed in response to the dissonant reality of their lives, their self-critical humor served as a source of salvation, enabling them to endure a painful history with a sense of power. In America, the marginal status of immigrant Jews prompted them to use humor a a defense, exaggerating or mocking their ethnicity as events dictated.

Jewish Wry examines the development of Jewish humor in a series of essays on topics that range from Sholom Aleichem's humor to Jewish comediennes through to the humor of Philip Roth. This important book offers enjoyable reading as well as a significant and scholarly contribution to the field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814323663
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1987
Series:
Humor in Life and Letters Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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