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What s So Funny?: Humor in American Culture (Hardback)

Edité par Scholarly Resources Inc.,U.S., United States, 1998
ISBN 10: 0842026878 / ISBN 13: 9780842026871
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Titre : What s So Funny?: Humor in American Culture ...

Éditeur : Scholarly Resources Inc.,U.S., United States

Date d'édition : 1998

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire ANB9780842026871

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Synopsis : 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.

Critique: The essayists in this volume chronicle a complex history and draw attention to the scope of multimedia humor-from the earliest glint of irony and humor in descriptions of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century exploration to the sharp comedy of contemporary film, television, and stand-up routines. The result is an undeniable argument for the central role that humor plays in the development of an American culture shaped by the diverse voices that gained attention through print and electronic media. We have a strong case here that comedy is neither easy nor slight. This collection helps set the foundation for a greater appreciation of humor's influence in American society. -- Michael J. Kiskis, Elmira College What's So Funny? Humor in American Culture is the book we've all been waiting for, and Nancy Walker is the hbest possible person to give us this volume. She presents us with the essential collection of erudite essays-essays that are themselves witty and entertaining-so that we know where American humor originates and where it's going. -- Regina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, editor of The Penguin Book of Women's Humor The wide-ranging pieces of various scholars in What's So Funny provide fine answers to the frank question posed by the title, but the cogent and lucid introduction by Nancy Walker probably does it best. -- Cameron C. Nickels, James Madison University, editor of To Wit The extracts are well-chosen, and provide a tantalizing but satisfying glimpse of the breadth and depth of the subject. They also provide a good sense of the way in which humorous forms have been integral to the American experience. American Studies In Europe Newsletter

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