American humor Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach American humor.

  • 5 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (5)

1,884 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following excerpt from a review of several volumes of American humor writing, a commentator from The London and Westminster Review makes the claim that the United States has begun to create a l... Read more
3,835 words, approx. 13 pages
In this excerpt, Habeggar argues that in the 1860s, "humor . . . was a club for men only," substantiating his assertion with a study of the masculine bias in several texts. Marietta Holl... Read more
6,880 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following essay, Walker posits female humor writing as a challenge to the popular nineteenth-century notion of women as the frail and humorless keepers and producers of the "sentimental.... Read more
4,848 words, approx. 17 pages
Blair is recognized as a prominent literary critic and has been identified by Hamlin Hill as "the foremost critic and analyst" of American humor writing. In this excerpt, which originall... Read more
1,576 words, approx. 6 pages
In this excerpt from the essay originally published in America as Americans See It, Seldes describes American humor writing before the Civil War as distinctly democratic, reflecting an emphasis on the... Read more