Humor in America



About this Series

From Benjamin Franklin to Fanny Fern and Mark Twain, Lucille Ball to Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, Thomas Nast to Lynda Barry, Our Gang to Awkward Black Girl—for three hundred years, American humor has proven itself to be more than mere entertainment. It has brought cultural norms, values, and practices into sharp relief and, sometimes, provoked change. The Humor in America series considers humor as expression that reflects key concerns of people in specific times and places.

The series engages the full range of the field, from literary, theatrical, and stand-up comedy to comics, film, radio, and other media in which humor addresses the viewpoints or experiences of Americans. With interdisciplinary research, historical and transnational approaches, and comparative scholarship that carefully examines contexts such as race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and region, books in the Humor in America series show how comic expression both responds to and shapes the many strands of American culture. The series publishes monographs and edited collections for an audience of scholars, students, and intellectually curious general readers.

Initial inquiries should take the form of a three- to five-page proposal outlining the intent of the project, its scope and relation to other work on the topic, and the likely audience(s) for the book. Please also include a current CV. The editors note the fallacy of expecting scholarship on humor to be funny, but believe that the best humor scholarship can be fun—and illuminate its exemplars’ comic spirit—while also being intellectually rigorous and a pleasure to read.

Questions or submissions?

Contact Penn State University Press:

Ryan Peterson
Acquisitions Editor

or the series editors:

Judith Yaross Lee

Tracy Wuster

General Editors:
Judith Yaross Lee
Tracy Wuster

Advisory Board:
Daryl Dickson-Carr
Joanne Gilbert
Rebecca “Beck” Krefting
Bruce Michelson
Nicholas Sammond

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