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Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Ed Piacentino (ed.)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

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 ... More


“I wa’ n’t bawn in de mash to be fool’ by trash!”: Mark Twain’s “A True Story” and the Culmination of Southern Frontier Humor

Tracy Wuster

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the argument that Mark Twain represents the apogee of the antebellum southern frontier humor genre by analyzing “A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It” (1874), one ... More


Introduction

Ed Piacentino

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This book focuses on southern frontier humor, a genre that first emerged in the 1830s, mainly in the lower South and the then Southwest, and has since exerted an enduring influence on American ... More


Henry Junius Nott and the Roots of Southern Frontier Humor

Ed Piacentino

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines Henry Junius Nott’s little-known work, Novelettes of a Traveller; or, Odds and Ends from the Knapsack of Thomas Singularity (1834), with reference to the longest of the ... More


Sherwood Bonner and the Postbellum Legacy of Southwestern Humor

Kathryn McKee

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines four of Sherwood Bonner’s stories—“Hieronymus Pop and the Baby,” “Dr. Jex’s Predicament,” “Aunt Anniky’s Teeth,” and “The Gentlemen of Sarsar”—and their close affinities to the ... More


Anancy’s Web/Sut’s Stratagems: Humor, Race, and Trickery in Jamaica and the Old Southwest

John Lowe

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the transnational intersections between the Anancy trickster of Jamaica and his counterpart in southern frontier humor. It shows how the trickster, featured in the Anancy ... More


The Real Big Kill: Authenticity, Ecology, and Narrative in Southern Frontier Humor

James E. Bishop

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines selected southern frontier humor sketches and tales with an emphasis on ecological awareness. It looks at the hunting and slaughter of large numbers of animals, a frequent ... More


“Bawn in a Brier-patch” and Frontier Bred: Joel Chandler Harris’s Debt to the Humor of the Old South

Gretchen Martin

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the “intertextualization of southern folk culture, black and white,” the latter that of southern frontier humor, in some of Joel Chandler Harris’s lesser-known stories. It ... More


Hysterical Power: Frontier Humor and Genres of Cultural Conquest

Jennifer A. Hughes

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines frontier humor and how it engaged in the battle for national and even world ideology, while challenging the visions of other widely read literatures. It describes laughter as a ... More


Morphing Once Again: From Jack to Simon Suggs to Aunt Lucille

Winifred Morgan

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines the legacy of southern frontier humor beyond the southern local color tradition by focusing on the trickster. It shows the reemergence of the trickster as con artist in ... More


Postmodern Humor ante Litteram: Self-Reflexivity, Incongruity, and Dialect in George Washington Harris’s Yarns Spun

Mark S. Graybill

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines southern frontier humor in the contexts of semiotics, comedy, and self-reflexivity by focusing on George Washington Harris’s Sut Lovingood: Yarns. It analyzes Sut Lovingood ... More


From Swamp Doctor to Conjure Woman: Exploring “Science” and Race in Nineteenth-Century America

Bruce Blansett

in Southern Frontier Humor: New Approaches

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617037689
eISBN:
9781621039389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617037689.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter examines important intersections between Henry Clay Lewis’s Odd Leaves from the Life of a Louisiana Swamp Doctor and Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales. It ... More


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