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American Humor - Arthur Power Dudden

American Humor

By: Arthur Power Dudden (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1987
ISBN: 9780195042122
Number Of Pages: 186

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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.

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'a splendid analysis of political humour ... A revelatory and stimulating look at what many may consider a 'minor' genre but one that, under this kind of analysis, offers telling insights into today's society,' Kirkus

Introduction: American Humorp. xi
English Satire and Connecticut Witp. 3
The Importance of Mark Twainp. 24
The Record of Political Humorp. 50
What's So Funny About the Comics?p. 76
Standup Comedy as Social and Cultural Mediationp. 85
Ethnic Humor: Subversion and Survivalp. 97
Humor and Gender Roles: The Funny Feminism of the Post-World War Two Suburbsp. 118
Richard Nixon as a Comic Figurep. 138
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ISBN: 9780195042122
ISBN-10: 0195042123
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 186
Published: 30th April 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.58  x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.32