On Humor

The Best from American Literature

On Humor

Best from American Literature

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Book Pages: 288 Illustrations: Published: January 1992

American Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

From 1929 to the latest issue, American Literature has been the foremost journal expressing the findings of those who study our national literature. American Literature has published the best work of literary historians, critics, and bibliographers, ranging from the founders of discipline to the best current critics and researchers. The longevity of this excellence lends a special distinction to the articles in American Literature.

Presented in order of their first appearance, the articles in each volume constitute a revealing record of developing insights and important shifts of critical emphasis. Each article has opened a fresh line of inquiry, established a fresh perspective on a familiar topic, or settled a question that engaged the interest of experts.



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Louis J. Budd is James B. Duke Professor of English, Emeritus at Duke University.

Edwin H. Cady is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Duke University.

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Series Introduction vii

Burlesques in Nineteenth-Century American Humor (1930 ) / Walter Blair 1

The Popularity of Nineteenth-Century American Humorists (1931) / Walter Blair 13

"The Gentleman from Pike" in Early California (1936) / G.R. MacMinn 33

Tragedy and Irony in Knickerbocker's History (1940) / Charlton G. Laird 43

Hank Monk and Horace Greeley (1942) / Richard G. Lilliard 59

The Humorous Works of George W. Harris (1943) / Donald Day 68

Myth and Humor in the Uncle Remus Fables (1948) / Louise Dauner 84

The Birth and Death of a Satirist: Eugene Field and Chicago's Growing Pains (1951) / Robert A. Day 99

"Mr. Spirit" and The Big Bear of Arkansas (1955) / Eugene Current-Garcia 112

The Imagery of George Washington Harris (1959) / Milton Rickels 127

The Meaning of Ring Lardner's Fiction (1960) / Howard W. Webb, Jr. 142

Aeolism in Knickerbocker's A History of New York (1970) / David Durant 154

The Text, Tradition, and Themes of "The Big Bear of Arkansas" (1975) / J.A. Leo Lemay 168

Tall Tale, Tall Talk: Pursuing the Lie in Jacksonian Literature (1977) / Neil Schmitz 190

Cable's The Grandissimes and the Comedy of Manners (1980) / Robert O. Stephens 211

The Comic Voice in Dreiser's Cowperwood Narrative (1981) / Jack E. Wallace 224

Colonel Noland of the Spirit: The Voices of a Gentleman in Southwest Humor (1981) / Lorne Fienberg 240

From Whom the Bull Flows: Hemingway in Parody (1989) / James C. McKelly 254

Index 271

Notes on Contributors 275
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