American Humor

Paperback | April 30, 1999

EditorArthur Power Dudden

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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? Originallyappearing as an issue of the American Quarterly, these essays take a close look at American humor from revolutionary times to the present day, and focus particularly on the neglected trends of the past fifty years. Looking at American comic figures as diverse--and even surprising--as Mark Twain andRichard 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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These essays, with one addition, take a close look at American humor from revolutionary times to the present day, and focus particularly on the neglected trends of the past fifty years.

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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? Originallyappearing as an issue of the American Quart...

Arthur Power Dudden is at Bryn Mawr College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 8.27 × 5.43 × 0.39 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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These essays, with one addition, take a close look at American humor from revolutionary times to the present day, and focus particularly on the neglected trends of the past fifty years.

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"An important collection of essays on American humor....Serves to sharpen our ongoing debate on the subject."--Philadelphia Inquirer