The Senses of Humor

The Senses of Humor

Why do modern Americans believe in something called a sense of humor, and how did they come to that belief? Daniel Wickberg traces the relatively short cultural history of the concept to its British origins as a way to explore new conceptions of the self and social order in modern America. More than simply the history of an idea, Wickberg's study provides new insights into a peculiarly modern cultural sensibility. The expression "sense of humor" was first coined… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press (January 26, 2015)

Parent ISBN: 9780801430787

Page count: 280 pages

Language: English


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