Joseph Boskin (ed.): The Humor Prism in 20th Century America. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1997. The Humor Prism in 20th Century America is a collection of essays, almost all reprinted Journal articles, some originally published äs long ago äs the early 1970's, with the majority from the 1980's. Some of them are familiär classics, e.g., Louis Rubin, Jr.'s "The Great American Joke," which has appeared äs a Journal article, äs the introduction to Rubin's USIS collection of essays on humor in American literature and the American-published version of it, and in Enid Veron's book Humor in America. Others are more obscure, and only one, apparently, Boskin's essay on African American humor, is new. Most of the essays deal with American humor from the perspective of cultural history or folklore studies. The book is an entry in a series entitled Humor in Life and Letters. Joseph Boskin's is an important voice in humor studies. Many study humor using social and cultural manifestations of it to understand how it works. Boskin studies American culture and society using humor to understand how it works. Many in the cultural studies end of the business (äs opposed to the linguistic and psychological)
HUMOR – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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