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Studies in American Humor
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ISSN (Print) 0095-280X - ISSN (Online) 2333-9934
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  • The Editor’s Drawers

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      Abstract: Dear Readers,I am excited to share with you an eclectic issue of Studies in American Humor.Following our usual On Second Thought feature is “Sport in the Cartoons of Charles Addams and Gary Larson: A Theater of Ludic Absurdity.” In this piece, authors Jeffrey O. Segrave and John O. Cosgrave unpack how representations of sport reveal the absurdist foundations of Addams’s and Larson’s humor in an analysis of a wide range of single-panel cartoons. After that, James Caron provides us with a “A Primer for the Comic in Dialogue.” This entertaining and creative piece of criticism imagines a debate over humor terminology and definitions between two humor scholars, and it is a must read for any students just entering the ... Read More
      PubDate: 2024-05-20T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • On Second Thought

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      Abstract: Editors:I was very pleased to see Mark Hama’s “Prosocial Racial Humor in Luís Valdez’s Actos” in StAH 9.2. Hama provides important historical and critical context for the mechanisms of Valdez’s satire and a close reading of Valdez’s Los Vendidos, concluding with a series of poignant questions about this example of prosocial satire.Los Vendidos is frequently included in college anthologies, and I taught it on a number of occasions in a course with a significant number of Latine student participants. Hamas’s final question—regarding whether Chicanos can become educated and be pulled into the mainstream culture without betraying their people and the level of assimilation the Chicano community ready to accept—was one ... Read More
      PubDate: 2024-05-20T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Sport in the Cartoons of Charles Addams and Gary Larson: A Theater of
           Ludic Absurdity

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      Abstract: In a Charles Addams cartoon from January 13, 1940, a skier who is duck-walking up the slope looks back to see a curious sight: the tracks of the skier who has just passed him on the trail widen to go around both sides of a tall tree and seamlessly reconnect behind her as she continues her run.1 In another cartoon by Gary Larson from May 13, 1980, two skiers descend the slopes, the one in the foreground wide-eyed in terror at the volcano erupting above him, while two resort officials argue about who is to blame, presumably for not making the proper propitiation. “Me' This year it was your turn to go up and sacrifice the goat!”2In the single-panel cartoons of Charles Addams and Gary Larson, the world is a bit off ... Read More
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  • A Primer for The Comic in Dialogue

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      Abstract: What follows is a curious conversation centered on propositions and comments about comic laughter and what kinds of cultural artifacts make people laugh. Apparently, Mr. Isaacs intends to create parameters or insinuate hypotheses for investigation. Clearly, Mr. Amicus does not take his efforts as gospel.(NB: Please don’t complain about how the performers cavalierly ignore the fourth wall. —editor’s note)A café on a boulevard, so clichéd a trope, it must be in Paris. Not necessarily, but let’s say so anyway. Not the CAFÉ LES DEUX MAGOTS, but the CAFÉ LE SOURIRE UNIVERSELLE. A man sits at a table with a nearly full carafe and two glasses in front of him, one empty and one half full. A second man walks up from the ... Read More
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  • Mark Twain’s Earworm

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      Abstract: In summer 1875, the Fourth Avenue transit line in New York installed bell punches in its horsecars that required conductors to validate tickets audibly, with the goal to prevent them from cheating the company by pocketing fares. To explain the new system, the line posted this notice:The conductor, when he receives a fare, will immediately punch in the presence of the passenger,Isaac Bromley (1833–1899), a reporter for the New York Tribune who routinely rode the cars to work at Newspaper Row in lower Manhattan, thought these phrases constituted “almost ready-made poetry” because they “scan,” “rhyme,” and run “with a skippity-skip,” their meter mimicking the rhythm of the car wheels on the rails.1 Bromley added a ... Read More
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  • The Year’s Work in American Humor Studies, 2022

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      Abstract: It has been a particularly bountiful year in Mark Twain studies, which saw the publication of two highly anticipated volumes. We begin with the third and last volume of Gary Scharnhorst’s massive biography, The Life of Mark Twain: The Final Years, 1891–1910. This period, Scharnhorst explains, was a dark and difficult one for Twain; he scrambled financially and fled to Europe, where he declared bankruptcy. Scharnhorst wastes no time establishing his financial woes as one of the volume’s main themes, opening the book with “not even Samuel Clemens knew how deeply he was in debt” (3). Yet Clemens was relentless in his hustling in these frantic days and moved in circles where there was ample opportunity for it, in the ... Read More
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  • The Revolution Will Be Hilarious: Comedy for Social Change and Civic Power
           by Caty Borum (review)

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      Abstract: We are currently sitting at the nexus of overlapping and worsening global crises, and in her new book The Revolution Will Be Hilarious: Comedy for Social Change and Civic Power, Cady Borum argues that comedy is an often overlooked key ingredient in fueling the kind of social change required to tackle such crises. She describes her efforts as executive director of the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University to use comedy research to launch initiatives like the center’s Yes, and . . . Laughter Lab and Comedy ThinkTanks, both of which are cosponsored by major media industry and social justice organizations (21). Both a theorist and practitioner with decades of experience combining laughter and civic ... Read More
      PubDate: 2024-05-20T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Cinema’s First Nasty Women: An Irreverent Four-Disc Collection ed. by
           Maggie Hennefeld, Laura Horak, and Elif Rongen-Kaynakçi

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      Abstract: Rarely does a collection like Cinema’s First Nasty Women come along. In fact, I can’t think of another one that accomplishes as much as this one does. Showcasing ninety-nine silent films from Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK, and the US from 1898 to 1926, this collection is a tour de force of painstaking archival work, film restoration, and original scoring. In short, it’s a significant landmark of film scholarship. As a recovery project of forgotten cinematic texts, it warrants the gratitude and respect of the scholarly community. Yet it does more: it frames this important swath of early cinema in terms of issues of race, class, and gender that are central to contemporary cultural inquiry. ... Read More
      PubDate: 2024-05-20T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dead Funny: The Humor of American Horror by David Gillota (review)

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      Abstract: Focusing primarily, though not exclusively, on North American horror films from the 1930s to the 2020s, David Gillota’s Dead Funny: The Humor of American Horror seeks to explain how humor operates in relation to horror and argues that “horror’s humor often functions in tandem with horror elements and contributes to a work’s tone, themes, and structure” (2–3).Gillota finds “humor to be a prominent part of horror in most major periods” and observes that “many of the genre’s most canonical works and every recognizable subgenre” contain examples (2). The book features an introduction followed by six thematic chapters that view North American horror through the lens of specific humorous modes/devices, including parody ... Read More
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  • A Laughable Empire: The US Imagines the Pacific World, 1840–1890 by
           Todd Thompson (review)

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      Abstract: In A Laughable Empire, Todd Thompson locates American comedy about Pacific Islanders in the archives of nineteenth-century periodicals and offers analysis of what attitudes these jokes convey. The book thus develops a compelling response to Judith Yaross Lee’s call for scholars to explore the relation between humor and imperialism by arguing that comedy is “contact” (7) and that these jokes both served and resisted US expansion in the Pacific (10). As Thompson admits, the category of Pacific Islanders that he deploys is incredibly broad and risks flattening differences among peoples within it. In keeping with his attention to making both ethical and nuanced claims throughout, he examines when comedy centers more ... Read More
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  • Posthumorism: The Modernist Affect of Laughter by Frances McDonald
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      Abstract: Reviewing this book for a humor studies journal is ironic. Frances McDonald investigates something she claims lies outside humor studies, post-humorist laughter, posed as a challenge to a basic premise of the field: that laughter functions as a sign of an individual’s emotions—for example, superiority, relief, camaraderie, or joy. The goal of the book, however, is not to “place a moratorium on discussing humor or comedy, nor is it to detail or otherwise celebrate humorlessness,” but rather “to critique and offer an alternative to humor studies as a set of critical methods and protocols for thinking about laughter” (23, emphasis in original).McDonald relies on affect studies to ground her tracking of posthumorist ... Read More
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  • Stay Cool: Why Dark Comedy Matters in the Fight against Climate Change by
           Aaron Sachs (review)

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      Abstract: Aaron Sachs is a professor of nineteenth-century American history, the grandson of a Reform rabbi and biblical scholar, and an amateur stand-up comedian. What better person to write a book about how traditions of dark humor can enable us to face our present-day plague of locusts—that pesky little thing called the climate crisis'Full disclosure: I was poised to like Sachs’s Stay Cool even before I had it in my hands, given my own scholarly interest in how contemporary environmental activists and artists have deployed irreverence, camp, and other humorous modes to counter the not-totally-unfounded stereotype of environmentalists as gloomy-and-doomy sticks in the mud. Sachs, though, follows in the footsteps of Joseph ... Read More
      PubDate: 2024-05-20T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Punching Up in Stand-up Comedy: Speaking Truth to Power ed. by Rashi
           Bhargava and Richa Chilana (review)

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      Abstract: The essays in Rashi Bhargava and Richa Chilana’s collection evaluate what it means to “punch up” in stand-up comedy, particularly in the comedic histories of non-Western nations. The volume offers a global perspective on punching up, moving away from the heavily Anglicized focus that is found in the Americas and the United Kingdom. But the volume does not just fill a gap with respect to scholarship on comedy or humor from other nations but aims to reevaluate stand-up’s relationship with politics by building on insights derived from a Western tradition of stand-up. Bhargava and Chilana argue that “all stand up performances are political and no jokes are innocent” (6), a state of affairs that they maintain compels ... Read More
      PubDate: 2024-05-20T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
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Valuation Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Variations : Revue Internationale de Théorie Critique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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