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Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Ed Piacentino

Abstract

Since its inception in the early 1830s, southern frontier humor (also known as the humor of the Old Southwest) has had enduring appeal. The onset of the new millennium precipitated an impressive rejuvenation of scholarly interest. This book shows the importance of Henry Junius Nott, a virtually unknown and forgotten writer who mined many of the principal subjects, themes, tropes, and character types associated with southern frontier humor. One chapter addresses how this humor genre and its ideological impact helped to stimulate a national cultural revolution. Several chapters focus on the genr ... More

Keywords: southern frontier humor, Old Southwest, Henry Junius Nott, national cultural revolution, local color writers, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles W. Chesnutt, Sherwood Bonner, Mark Twain, novels

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781617037689
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.001.0001

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Ed Piacentino, editor

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