Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

...traditional scholarship, the women were left out or relegated to footnotes. Except for an occasional mention of Dorothy Parker, the published sources I consulted made it seem as if those who wrote about American humor lived...

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Introduction

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pp. 3-14

...some in the form of dialogues and monologues, of urban sophisticates or would-be sophisticates. In "No Bigger Than a Man's Hand," a marriage dissolves because the husband continually leaves the cap off the toothpaste. "Knock...

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1. The Female Humorist in America

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pp. 15-38

...Whitcher's sister as saying, "Her humor was chaste and original, so true to nature that the most ignorant reader could not fail to feel its force, and the most refined could discover nothing...

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2. The Male Tradition and the Female Tradition

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pp. 39-72

...have over the years identified as traditional or typical American humor, written almost entirely by men, has the swagger of the small boy who, on the one...

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3. Humor, Intellect, Femininity

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pp. 73-100

...no feminine Artemus Ward," women indeed displayed wit in both conversation and writing. To demonstrate the truth of Rollins's assertions, Sanborn set out to collect examples of women's humorous writing in a volume that...

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4. The Humor of the "Minority"

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pp. 101-138

...accords with the widely held belief that humor is inherently aggressive. Yet several of Hughes's comments here suggest that he has reference in particular to the humor of the underdog...

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5. Feminist Humor

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pp. 139-168

...to a whiskey barrel, the thin-lipped women'srights speaker of the nineteenth century, and the bra-burners of the 1960s have all been made objects of ridicule, and not only by men. Marietta Holley's feminist narrator Samantha...

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6. The Tradition and Beyond: Contemporary Women's Humor and the Canon of American Literature

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pp. 169-186

...had to exercise both courage and subterfuge in order to express themselves humorously, and that they have frequently been unaware of a female humorous...

Notes

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pp. 187-206

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 207-214

Selected List of Humor by American Women

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pp. 215-222

Index

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pp. 223-230