Rebellious Laughter: People's Humor in American Culture

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - History - 245 pages
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Bringing together everyday language, social interaction and cultural warfare, this work forms a social history of humour in American culture. It argues that jokes provide a cultural barometer of concerns and anxieties, and that laughter is transformative.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
American Dream American Laugh
15
The Urban Fulcrum
25
Outsiders Insiders
38
part two Time Frame
49
The Child and the Giant
51
Repression and Riposte
71
Guerrilla Satirists
84
The Undeclared Joke Wars
118
Comedic Correctness
145
Tribal Reprisals
158
The Tattered Dream
177
How Many Jokes Does It Take to Change a Zeitgeist?
200
Notes
207
Index
229
Copyright

Is There Life Before Death?
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