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Wit and humor. Satire

  • American Humorby Arthur Power Dudden

    Oxford University Press 1987; US$ 27.99 US$ 24.07

    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... more...

  • American Humoristsby Willard Thorp

    University of Minnesota Press 1964; US$ 36.00

    AMERICANS, in the early days, imported much of their humor and made it over. Addison and Steele were influential; Dickens had his American imitators. Baron Munchausen's adventures were particularly popular in this country. Many of his tales disappeared into American folklore and rose again as transformed American tall tales. more...

  • Calvinist Humor in American Literatureby Michael Dunne

    LSU Press 2007; US$ 29.95

    Though the phrase "Calvinist humor" may seem to be an oxymoron, Michael Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times far into the twentieth century. Calvinist doctrine views mankind as fallen, apt to engage... more...

  • Make 'em Laugh! American Humorists of the 20th and 21st Centuriesby Zeke Jarvis

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 89.00

    This unprecedented look at the history of satire in America showcases the means by which our society is informed by humor?from the way we examine the news, to how we communicate with each other, to what we seek out for entertainment. From biographical information to critical reception of material and personalities, the book features humorists from... more...

  • Mark Twain?s Helpful Hints for Good Livingby Mark Twain; Lin Salamo; Michael Barry Frank; Victor Fischer

    University of California Press 2004; US$ 21.95 US$ 17.56

    Irreverent, charming, eminently quotable, this handbook?an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race?contains sixty-nine aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain's private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress,... more...

  • Necessary Madnessby Gregg Camfield

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 159.99 US$ 137.59

    In this rich, exciting new book, Gregg Camfield explores nineteenth-century American humor from the perspective of gender and domestic ideology, challenging recent theory asserting a broad gulf between men's and women's humor during the period and contributing vital new insights to the study of humor in general.Capturing in part I a vision of humor... more...

  • On the Real Sideby Mel Watkins

    Chicago Review Press 1999; US$ 21.99

    This comprehensive history of black humor sets it in the context of American popular culture. Blackface minstrelsy, Stepin Fetchit, and the Amos ?n? Andy show presented a distorted picture of African Americans; this book contrasts this image with the authentic underground humor of African Americans found in folktales, race records, and all-black shows... more...

  • Revel with a Causeby Stephen E. Kercher

    University of Chicago Press 2010; US$ 35.00

    We live in a time much like the postwar era. A time of arch political conservatism and vast social conformity. A time in which our nation?s leaders question and challenge the patriotism of those who oppose their policies. But before there was Jon Stewart, Al Franken, or Bill Maher, there were Mort Sahl, Stan Freberg, and Lenny Bruce?liberal satirists... more...

  • Very Serious Thingby Nancy A. Walker

    University of Minnesota Press 1988; US$ 54.00

    Defines why women have been blocked from participating in the mainstream of American comedy yet have overcome hurdles to produce a humor that is sustaining and spells survival for women in society. more...

  • What's So Funny?by Nancy A. Walker

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1998; US$ 35.99

    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... more...