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.

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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