How the other half laughs : the comic sensibility in American culture, 1895-1920 / Jean Lee Cole.Material type: TextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, Description: 1 online resource (xi, 188 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781496826572; 1496826574; 9781496826541; 149682654X; 9781496826558; 1496826558; 9781496826565; 1496826566Subject(s): Comic, The -- Social aspects -- United States | Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States -- History and criticism | United States -- Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects | United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels | Comic books, strips, etc | Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects | Social conditions | United States | 1800-1899Genre/Form: Electronic books. | Criticism, interpretation, etc.Additional physical formats: Print version:: How the other half laughsDDC classification: 817/.509 LOC classification: PS228.C59 | C65 2020Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Acknowledgments -- Introduction: The comic sensibility -- The comic grotesque -- Rising from the gutter -- Illustration and the narrative quality of appeal -- The black comic sensibility -- Coda -- Notes -- Works Consulted -- Index.
"Taking up the role of laughter in society, How the Other Half Laughs: The Comic Sensibility in American Culture, 1895-1920 examines an era in which the US population was becoming increasingly multiethnic and multiracial. Comic artists and writers, hoping to create works that would appeal to a diverse audience, had to formulate a method for making the "other half" laugh. In magazine fiction, vaudeville, and the comic strip, the oppressive conditions of the poor and the marginalized were portrayed unflinchingly, yet with a distinctly comic sensibility that grew out of caricature and ethnic humor. Author Jean Lee Cole analyzes Progressive Era popular culture, providing a critical angle to approach visual and literary humor about ethnicity-how avenues of comedy serve as expressions of solidarity, commiseration, and empowerment. Cole's argument centers on the comic sensibility, which she defines as a performative act that fosters feelings of solidarity and community among the marginalized. Cole stresses the connections between the worlds of art, journalism, and literature and the people who produced them-including George Herriman, R. F. Outcault, Rudolph Dirks, Jimmy Swinnerton, George Luks, and William Glackens-and traces the form's emergence in the pages of Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's Journal-American and how it influenced popular fiction, illustration, and art. How the Other Half Laughs restores the newspaper comic strip to its rightful place as a transformative element of American culture at the turn into the twentieth century"-- Provided by publisher.
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