American Humor

American Humor

Book - 1987
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Baker & Taylor
Essays discuss the difference between English and American satire, the importance of Mark Twain, political humor, comic strips, standup comedy, ethnic humor, gender roles, and the comic treatment of President Nixon's career

Oxford University Press
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 particularly focus 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.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1987
ISBN: 9780195042122
Branch Call Number: 817.09 AMERI
Additional Contributors: Dudden, Arthur Power 1921-
Alternative Title: American quarterly
Notes: Some essays previously published in the American quarterly, spring 1985, volume 37, number 1


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