Liberal Satire in Postwar America

in Revel with a Cause

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226431642
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226431659 | DOI:
Liberal Satire in Postwar America

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This introductory chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the varieties of liberal satire that thrived in the United States in the two decades after World War II. By focusing attention on a diverse range of satiric expression, including parody and “sick humor,” this book aims to fill a large gap in the scholarship on twentieth-century American humor. The narrative accounts of humor scholars have centered mainly on literary humor and have seldom addressed the fertile period of the “long fifties.” The effect of such longstanding omissions has been to ratify the idea that, as historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. argued in 1965, the decade of the fifties was “the most humorless period in American history.” An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: liberal satire; post-war period; satiric expression; parody; sick humor; 1950s

Chapter.  4373 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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