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The Resource The senses of humor : self and laughter in modern America, Daniel Wickberg

The senses of humor : self and laughter in modern America, Daniel Wickberg

Label
The senses of humor : self and laughter in modern America
Title
The senses of humor
Title remainder
self and laughter in modern America
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Wickberg
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The expression "sense of humor" was first coined in the 1840s, and the idea that such a sense was a personality trait to be valued developed only in the 1870s. What is the relationship between medieval humoral medicine and this distinctively modern idea of the sense of humor? What has it meant in the past 125 years to declare that someone lacks a sense of humor? Why do modern Americans say it is a good thing not to take oneself seriously? How is the joke, as a twentieth-century quasi-literary form, different from the traditional folktale? Wickberg addresses these questions among others and in the process uses the history of ideas to throw new light on the way contemporary Americans think and speak about humor and laughter." "The context of Wickberg's analysis is Anglo-American; the specifically British meanings of humor and laughter from the sixteenth century forward provide the framework for understanding American cultural values in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The genealogy of the sense of humor is, like the study of keywords, an avenue into a significant aspect of the cultural history of modernity. Drawing on a wide range of sources and disciplinary perspectives, Wickberg's analysis challenges many of the prevailing views of modern American culture and suggests a new model for cultural historians."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wickberg, Daniel
Dewey number
817/.509
Index
index present
LC call number
PS438
LC item number
.W47 1998
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American wit and humor
  • Laughter
  • Self in literature
  • American wit and humor
  • United States
Label
The senses of humor : self and laughter in modern America, Daniel Wickberg
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-257) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37792351
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 267 pages
Isbn
9780801430787
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97030301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
The senses of humor : self and laughter in modern America, Daniel Wickberg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-257) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
37792351
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 267 pages
Isbn
9780801430787
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
97030301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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