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American humor : a study of the national character

Author: Constance Rourke; Greil Marcus
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2004]
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Constance Rourke; Greil Marcus
ISBN: 1590170792 9781590170793
OCLC Number: 53824167
Notes: Originally published: New York : Harcourt, Brace, ©1931.
Description: xxiv, 253 pages ; 21 cm.
Contents: Corn cobs twist your hair --
The gamecock of the wilderness --
That long-tail'd blue --
Strollers --
The comic poet --
Hear America singing --
Facing west from California's shores --
The American --
Round up.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Responsibility: Constance Rourke ; introduction by Greil Marcus.
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.

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