American Humor: A Study of the National Character
New York Review Books, 2004 - 253 ページ
Stepping out of the darkness, the American emerges upon the stage of history as a new character, as puzzling to himself as to others. American Humor, Constance Rourke's pioneering "study of the national character," singles out the archetypal figures of the Yankee peddler, the backwoodsman, and the blackface minstrel to illuminate the fundamental role of popular culture in fashioning a distinctive American sensibility. A memorable performance in its own right, American Humor crackles with the jibes and jokes of generations while presenting a striking picture of a vagabond nation in perpetual self-pursuit. Davy Crockett and Henry James, Jim Crow and Emily Dickinson rub shoulders in a work that inspired such later critics as Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs and which still has much to say about the America of Bob Dylan and Thomas Pynchon, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
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Review: American Humor: A Study of the National Characterユーザー レビュー - Timothy - Goodreads
First off: the style of this book is so lovely that it is a pleasure to read, almost regardless of the actual content. Rourke writes in a delicate and oblique fashion worthy of a good novelist. This ... レビュー全文を読む
Review: American Humor: A Study of the National Characterユーザー レビュー - Barry - Goodreads
A remarkable work of criticism. I didn't expect to end up reading about Henry James and Emily Dickinson in a book with this title, but it shows them in a different light. レビュー全文を読む