By Christopher Miller
American Cornball is Christopher Miller's irresistibly humorous illustrated survey of renowned humor—the themes that used to make us snort, from hiccups and henpecked-husbands to outhouses and outdated maids—and what it tells us approximately our state the day past and today.
Miller revisits approximately two hundred comedian staples which have been handed down via our tradition for generations, many originating from the vaudeville age. He explores the (often unseemly) contexts from which they arose, why they have been humorous of their time, and why they ultimately misplaced their attraction. the result's a type of taxonomy of humor in the course of America's golden age that offers a deeper, extra profound examine the prejudices, preoccupations, and peculiarities of a country polarized among city and rural, black and white, highborn and lowbrow.
As he touches on problems with racism and sexism, cultural stereotypes and violence, Miller unearths how dramatically our ethical sensibilities have shifted, so much significantly within the previous couple of a long time. whole with greater than a hundred interval illustrations, American Cornball is a richly enjoyable survey of our moving comedian universe.
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