What's So Funny?: Humor in American Culture

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Nancy A. Walker
Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - 284페이지
Critical studies attempting to define and dissect American humor have been published steadily for nearly one hundred years. However, until now, key documents from that history have never been brought together in a single volume for students and scholars.

What's So Funny? Humor in American Culture, a collection of 15 essays, examines the meaning of humor and attempts to pinpoint its impact on American culture and society, while providing a historical overview of its progres-sion. Essays from Nancy Walker and Zita Dresner, Joseph Boskin and Joseph Dorinson, William Keough, Roy Blount, Jr., and others trace the development of American humor from the colonial period to the present, focusing on its relationship with ethnicity, gender, violence, and geography.

An excellent reader for courses in American studies and American social and cultural history, What's So Funny? explores the traits of the American experience that have given rise to its humor.

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What Is Humor? Why American Humor?
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Suggestions for Further Reading
67
American Humorists in 1882
77
The Yankee
81
The Requisites for American Humor
89
The Great American Joke
105
No End of Jokes
119
The Violence of American Humor
131
Southern Humor
153
Womens Humor in America
169
Comics as Culture
183
Standup Comedy as Social and Cultural Mediation
191
Ethnic Humor Subversion and Survival
203
Comic Films
223
Television Comedy
247
Ideology in the Television Situation Comedy
271

Urban Legends
143

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Nancy A. Walker is professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

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