Vol. 1, No. 4: Southern Humor

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Vol. 1, No. 4: Southern Humor

Southern humor in all seriousness.

The Front Porch: Southern Humor

by John Shelton Reed

"Humor, in the end, seems to be one of those 'idiomatic imponderables' (in Edgar Thompson's phrase) that continue to set the South apart from the rest of the country."

White Honor, Black Humor, and the Making of a Southern Style

by Johanna Nicol Shields

"Humorists copied, exaggerated, and published these curious exchanges between power and wit, tainting them with racism while capturing them in form."

Southern Literature and Folk Humor

by William R. Ferris

"Folk humor is a key to both American culture and its literary tradition."

Adventures in a “Foreign Country”: African American Humor and the South

by Trudier Harris

"For situations that are frequently life threatening, it is at times hard to imagine guffaws associated with them. Yet black people managed to create the essence of the blues—to laugh to keep from crying—in and about a land that was as much hell as it was home."

The Incredible Shrinking You-Know-What: Southern Women’s Humor

by Anne Goodwyn Jones

"'What is that humor, you are wondering? Gentlemen, kindly cover your ears.'"

Fourteen Types of Ambiguity

by William Koon

"My point is not so much that a Mississippi story is better than a Michigan story, of course. Such is not always true, obviously. Besides, Eudora Welty could write circles around Ring Lardner on any terrain. But her region, so populous with talk, gives her an obnoxious advantage, one which she exercises with complete skill and insight."

“Damn Brother, I Don’t Believe I’d A-Told That!”: Humor and the Cultural Identity of the American South

by James C. Cobb

"As scholars and laymen alike struggle to determine what, if anything, constitutes the surviving essence of southernness, a close analysis of southern humor suggests that, contrary to our insistence on the seriousness of our endeavors, the search for new insights into the southern identity may well prove to be a laughing matter after all."

Roy Blount’s Book of Southern Humor edited by Roy Blount Jr. (review)

by Michael McFee

Norton, 1994

From Slavery to Agrarian Capitalism in the Cotton Plantation South: Central Georgia, 1800-1880 by Joseph P. Reidy (review)

by Mitchell Snay

University of North Carolina Press, 1992

Freedom on the Border: The Seminole Maroons in Florida, the Indian Territory, Coahuila, and Texas by Kevin Mulroy (review)

by James E. Crisp

Texas Tech University Press, 1993

Great & Noble Jar: Traditional Stoneware of South Carolina by Cinda K. Baldwin (review)

by Thomas S. Edwards

University of Georgia Press, 1993

After the Trail of Tears: The Cherokees Struggle for Sovereignty, 1839-1880 by William G. McLoughlin (review)

by Rowena McClinton Ruff

University of North Carolina Press, 1994

The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion by William Walker (review)

by Harry Eskew

University Press of Kentucky, 1993

Urban Vigilantes in the New South: Tampa, 1882-1936 by Robert P. Ingalls and Lynching in the New South- Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930 by W. Fitzhugh Brundage (review)

by Grace Elizabeth Hale

University Press of Florida, 1993; University of Illinois Press, 1993

African Americans at Mars Bluff, South Carolina by Amelia Wallace Vernon (review)

by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Louisiana State University Press, 1994

Farm Security Administration Photographs of Florida edited by Michael Carlebach and Eugene F. Provenzo Jr. (review)

by Augustus Burns

University Press of Florida, 1993

I Say Me for a Parable- The Oral Autobiography of Mance Lipscomb, Texas Bluesman by Glen Alyn (review)

by David Evans

Norton, 1993

Images of the South: Constructing a Regional Culture on Film and Video edited by Karl G. Heider (review)

by Ruth A. Banes

University of Georgia Press, 1993

The Fable of the Southern Writer by Lewis P. Simpson (review)

by Michael Kreyling

Louisiana State University Press, 1994

Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta by Tom Rankin (review)

by Susan Kidd

University Press of Mississippi, 1993

The Airwaves of Zion: Radio and Religion in Appalachia by Howard Dorgan (review)

by Bennett L. Steelman

University of Tennessee Press, 1993

A Southern Collection: Select Works from a Permanent Collection of Painting in the South Prepared for the Opening of the Morris Museum (review)

by Caroline Mesrobian Hickman

Morris Communications Corporation, 1992. 246 pp. Cloth, $39.95; paper, $24.95.

Pass the Grits

by John Shelton Reed

"Do you ever eat grits? (If yes) How often do you eat them?"

Yesterday a Total Stranger Called Me White Trash

by Tone Blevins

"But first things first."

Beautifully Landscaped Grounds Invite You Home Each Day

by Peter A. Coclanis

"a pool, lighted tennis, Jacuzzi, and serene pond . . ."

A Southern Collection: Select Works from a Permanent Collection of Painting in the South Prepared for the Opening of the Morris Museum by Estill Curtis Pennington (review)

by Caroline Mesrobian Hickman

Morris Communications Corporation, 1992