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ENG:207Humor in American Literature3

This course explores American humor primarily in written sketches, short stories, and novels by authors from Twain and Thurber to Bombeck and Vonnegut. It also analyzes jokes, movies, comic strips, stand-up comedians, and television sit-coms. The course questions what American humor is, what forces have shaped its growth, what personal and social functions it serves, and what value it might have for contemporary Americans. Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.