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American Humor : A Study of the National Character

American Humor : A Study of the National Character - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1590170793

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Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: New York Review
Published: 2004
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American Humor : A Study of the National Character - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1590170793

Constance Rourke

ISBN13: 978-1590170793
ISBN10: 1590170792
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: New York Review

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

Stepping out of the darkness, the American emerges upon the stage of history as a new character, as puzzling to himself as to others. American Humor, Constance Rourke's pioneering "study of the national character," singles out the archetypal figures of the Yankee peddler, the backwoodsman, and the blackface minstrel to illuminate the fundamental role of popular culture in fashioning a distinctive American sensibility. A memorable performance in its own right, American Humor crackles with the jibes and jokes of generations while presenting a striking picture of a vagabond nation in perpetual self-pursuit. Davy Crockett and Henry James, Jim Crow and Emily Dickinson rub shoulders in a work that inspired such later critics as Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs and which still has much to say about the America of Bob Dylan and Thomas Pynchon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

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