Literary, folk and popular culture
Made-in-Canada-Humour is an interdisciplinary survey and analysis of Canadian humour and humorists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book focuses on a variety of genres. It includes celebrated Canadian writers and poets with ironic and satiric perspectives; oral storytellers of tall tales in the country and the city; newspaper print humorists; representative national and regional cartoonists; and comedians of stage, radio and television. The humour gives voice to Canadian values and experiences, and consequently, techniques and styles of humour particular to the country. While a persistent comic theme has been joking at the expense of the United States, both countries have influenced one another’s humour. Canada’s unique humorous tradition also reflects its emergence from a colonial country to a postcolonial and postmodern nation with contemporary humour that addresses gender and racial issues.
[Topics in Humor Research, 3] 2015. xxi, 300 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
1. Antique humour: New Eden dreamers and Sam Slick
2. Canada’s remarkable humorist Stephen Leacock (1869–1944): Bridging Uncle Sam and Mother England
3. Folk humour in the country and in the city: The Side Hill Gouger and other myths
4. 20th century literary humour: Protest and resistance
5. 20th century print humour and cartoons: Amusing the people and provoking the politicians
6. Joking at the margins: Ethnicity, race and gender
7. Popular comedy on stage and in the media: Towards a continental humour
“At once erudite and playful, broad and deep, Made-in-Canada Humour explores its twin subjects — humour and Canadian identity — with enormous wit and wisdom and along the way profoundly illuminates both of these perennially fascinating topics, underscoring the great value of juxtaposing them. Interdisciplinary in the best sense of the term, this book offers both cultural history and close analysis of a wide range of cultural texts, elite and popular, written, oral, visual. Authoritative, the work of a lifetime of scholarship, Made-in-Canada Humour is a must-read for anyone who aspires to a serious appreciation of either humour or Canada, or both.””
Tamara Palmer Seiler, University of Calgary
“Beverly Rasporich has written an extraordinary, incisive, sophisticated and witty book about Canadian humour and culture. Beautifully written and containing sharp insights, the book takes readers on a journey through a complex cultural landscape. In Canada, irony, satire, parody and laughter were the products of a vast and sometimes impenetrable geography, the cut and thrust of political protest, immigrant experiences, a deeply gendered society, the inescapable presence of the United States as well as harsh regional and linguistic differences. In explaining so much of Canadian history and culture so well, Rasporich has given us a valuable and fantastic gift. This book is a must read for those who are interested in how humour both defines and to some degree creates a country.”
David Taras, Mount Royal University, Calgary
“ Made-in-Canada Humour is a journey through space and time in Canadian humour. Rasporich, Arts Professor at the University of Calgary, masterly creates a general picture of Canadian humour culture, thus revealing its particularities. [...] The strong point of the research lies in the large amount of examples provided, thus becoming a useful tool for scholars who study Canadian humour in particular, but also for those who want to understand better the Canadian culture.”
Ioana Ciurezu, Transilvania University of Braşov, in European Journal of Humour Research 5 (1) 91–94
An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English
Bengough, John Wilson
Boskin, Joseph and Dorinson, Joseph
Browne, Roy B.
Burke, Stanley and Roy Peterson
Cohen, Sarah Blacher
Desbarats, Peter and Terry Mosher
Double-Talking: Essays on Verbal and Visual Ironies in Contemporary Art and Literature
Elliot, David and Iris Miller
Explorations in Canadian Folklore
Feminist Humor and Satire: Pulling Our Own Strings
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n.d. “The litany of Liberal Sins.” Maclean’s.
n.d. “When the Gotliebs entertain.” Maclean’s.
Frontier Calgary 1875–1914
Harris, George Washington
Harrison, Randall P.
Hou, Charles and Cynthia
In Stitches: A Patchwork of Feminist Humor and Satire
Inge, M. Thomas
Irving, John A.
Juni, Samuel and Bernard Katz
n.d. “Simpson Creator Carries No Grudge.” The Vancouver Sun, 2.
Marin, R. and A. Hustak
McDougall, Robert L.
1816 Letter to Rev. McCulbertson of Pictou 10 July 1816 The McCulloch Papers. The Nova Scotia Public Archives.
McNeil, Bill and Norris Wolfe
Miller, Mary Jane
Mukherjee, Arun P.
100% Cracked Wheat
Out Loud and Laughing: A Collection of Gay and Lesbian Humor
Performing Gender and Comedy: Theory, Texts and Contexts
Performing National Identities
The Cat in the Bag and Other Absolutely Untrue Tales from Our Urban Mythology.” Quest 62, 1 (November).
1988 Interview With Everett Soop. Tape Recorded. Blood Reserve 1 August.
Ray, Carl and James Stevens
Snell, Gordon and Aislin
1988 Interview by Beverly Rasporich. Tape Recording 1 August. Blood Reserve.
Tales fom Pigeon Inlet 1955–1962
Original Recordings by Ted Russell as Uncle Mose. Recorded by CBC Radio: St John’s Newfoundland.
Taylor, Drew Hayden
The Anglo Guide to Survival in Quebec
The Beaver Bites Back?
The Best of Newfoundland’s Crazy Clyde
The Big Book of New American Humor. The Best of the Past 25 Years
The Blasted Pine
The Dumbells. The Virtual Gramophone
Library and Archives Canada. www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/gramophone/028011-1007-e.html
The Easterner’s Guide to Western Canada and the Westerner’s Guide to Eastern Canada
The Evolution of Canadian Literature in English: 1945–1970
Edited by Paul Denham, Mary Jane Edwards and George Parker Toronto Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada
The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada
The Maple Laugh Forever
The Year’s Best Canadian Editorial Cartoons. Portfolio 15
van Herk, Aritha
Voices from Quebec. An Anthology of Translations
‘Fragile & Dumb’: ‘The Little Woman’ in Women’s Humor, 1900–1940.” Thalia 5, 2 (Fall and Winter): 24 29.
Williams, William Carlos
Literature & Literary Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General