American Humor

American Humor

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Although American humour has asserted itself from the first century of the nation's independence, often finding new forms through the genius of many of the practitioners, it has received little serious attention from critics or historians. Here, nine eminent essayists examine American humour from revolutionary times to the present day, focusing in particular on the neglected trends of the past fifty years.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 138.9 x 209 x 10.2mm | 228.92g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195050541
  • 9780195050547
  • 2,139,486

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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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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 * an enviable balance of historical perspective and good cheer ... a dazzling piece of cultural analysis ... an important collectionof essays * Philadelphia Inquirer *
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