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Encyclopedia of 20th Century Humor and Comedy

From slapstick to "Seinfeld", this title offers a comprehensive overview of humour and comedy in American society, with special emphasis given to the second half of the 20th century. More than 100 entries describe types of humour such as satire, wordplay, slapstick and exaggeration, and cover such topics as bloopers and trends in stand-up comedy. Legal issues related to questions of sexual harassment, freedom of speech, and the protection of intellectual property rights are discussed, and the text is enhanced with photographs and cartoons. This resource should be well suited to courses in literature, film, drama, creative writing, children's literature and ethnic studies, as well as to the needs of the general reader.
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Preface Encyclopedia of 20th-Century American Humor Bibliography Index

About the Author

ALLEEN PACE NILSEN is professor of English at Arizona State University and the editor of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) Newsletter. She is also a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Scholarship and Service from the ISHS. She is the author of Literature for Todays Young Adults, Presenting M. E. Kerr, and Language Play in addition to many humor related articles. In addition, Dr. Nilsen is a founding member of the ISHS and a former president of the American Humor Studies Association.DON L.F. NILSEN is professor of English at Arizona State University and executive secretary for the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS). He is the author of many books about humor including Humor in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature: A Reference Guidemor Scholarship: A Research Bibliographymor in American Literature: A Selected Annotated Bibliographynguage Play: An Introduction to Linguisticsd English Adverbials. He has also edited several books on humor including Humor and Translation and a series of six World Humor and Irony Membership Serial Yearbook (WHIMSY) titles. Dr. Nilsen has also been recognized by Contemporary Authors, International Whos Who in Education, and 2,000 Notable American Men.


"An accessible writing style and well-chosen examples made pre-publication reviewers smile and even laugh out loud....The book is concise enough to be read cover-to-cover or used as a textbook for humor-related courses in the performance ats or in literary or cultural studies. [I]ts organization also makes it ideal for research in specific areas."-The Midwest Radio Theatre Workshop Journal

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