Encyclopedia of 20th-century American Humor

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Oryx Press, 2000 - Humor - 360 pages
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Who says you can't have a serious reference work on humor? This new resource offers a broad look at humor with more than 100 well-written and entertaining entries. Scholarly in nature, yet enjoyable to read, the Encyclopedia examines several aspects of humor, such as: styles of humor, subjects of comedy, media methods, academic endeavors, humor in society, historical aspects.

This volume celebrates a century of twists and turns in American humor. With entries ranging from the vaudeville days of the early twentieth century to the Internet's influence on modern jokes, this resource is a valuable addition to any library.

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ALLEEN PACE NILSEN is professor of English at Arizona State University and the editor of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) Newsletter. /e She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship and Service from the ISHS. She is the author of Literature for Todays Young Adults, Presenting M. E. Kerr, and Language Play in addition to many humor related articles. In addition, Dr. Nilsen is a founding member of the ISHS and a former president of the American Humor Studies Association.

DON L.F. NILSEN is professor of English at Arizona State University and executive secretary for the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS). /e He is the author of many books about humor including Humor in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature: A Reference Guide

mor Scholarship: A Research Bibliography

mor in American Literature: A Selected Annotated Bibliography

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d English Adverbials. He has also edited several books on humor including Humor and Translation and a series of six World Humor and Irony Membership Serial Yearbook (WHIMSY) titles. Dr. Nilsen has also been recognized by Contemporary Authors, International Whos Who in Education, and 2,000 Notable American Men.

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