So Ole Says to Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper Midwest

So Ole Says to Lena: Folk Humor of the Upper Midwest

by James P. Leary
     
 

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In the land of beer, cheese, and muskies—where the polka is danced and winter is unending and where Lutherans and Catholics predominate—everybody is ethnic, the politics are clean, and the humor is plentiful. This collection includes jokes, humorous anecdotes, and tall tales from ethnic groups (Woodland Indians, French, Cornish, Germans, Irish,

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In the land of beer, cheese, and muskies—where the polka is danced and winter is unending and where Lutherans and Catholics predominate—everybody is ethnic, the politics are clean, and the humor is plentiful. This collection includes jokes, humorous anecdotes, and tall tales from ethnic groups (Woodland Indians, French, Cornish, Germans, Irish, Scandinavians, Finns, and Poles) and working folk (loggers, miners, farmers, townsfolk, hunters, and fishers). Dig into the rich cultural context supplied by the notes and photographs, or just laugh at the hundreds of jokes gathered at small-town cafes, farm tables, job sites, and church suppers. This second edition includes an afterword and indexes of motifs and tale types.

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"A treasure trove of ‘occupational humor’ that’s often slightly racy and usually shot through with a blunt appreciation of the peculiar ways of the Midwestern world."—Tom Laskin, Isthmus

"An accomplished blend of firsthand familiarity with the region and broad academic knowledge of the discipline of folklore."—Robert T. Teske, Minnesota History

"Leary conveys a palpable sense of the original joke telling experience."—Clyde Wade, Humor: International Journal of Humor Research

"A funny book, but no mere joke book."—The Country Today

Robert T. Teske
An accomplished blend of firsthand familiarity with the region and broad academic knowledge of the discipline of folklore.
Tom Laskin
A treasure trove of 'occupational humor' that's often slightly racy and usually shot through with a blunt appreciation of the peculiar ways of the Midwestern world.
Clyde Wade
Leary conveys a palpable sense of the original joke telling experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299173746
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
2
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
759,838
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

James P. Leary is director of the Folklore Program and professor in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Wisconsin Folklore, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, Minnesota Polka, Yodeling in Dairyland, and, with Richard March, Down Home Dairyland.

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