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How the Other Half Laughs – The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920 - University Press of Mississippi
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How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920

Jean Lee Cole


In the popular press of the early twentieth century, immigrant masses and the tenement districts were frequently portrayed as occasions for laughter rather than as objects of pity or problems to be solved. This distinctly comic sensibility, most visible in the form of the comic strip, merged the grotesque with the urbane and the whimsical with the cynical, representing the world of what Jacob Riis called the “Other Half” with a jaundiced, yet sympathetic, eye. Various forms of the comic sensibility emerged from a competitive, collaborative environment fostered at newspapers and magazines publi ... More

Keywords: Comic strips, Illustration, Newspapers, Magazines, Immigration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781496826527
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496826527.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean Lee Cole, author
Loyola University Maryland