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Merry Wives and Others: A History of Domestic Humor Writing
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Merry Wives and Others: A History of Domestic Humor Writing (Paperback)

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An historical and literary survey of humorists who wrote about home, this book begins with a chapter on the social context of traditional domestic roles and housewives. The following chapters, beginning with the 1920s and continuing through today, cover the different time periods and the foremost American domestic humorists, and the humor written by surrogate parents, grown children about their childhood families, husbands, and Canadian and English writers. Also covered are the differences among various writers toward traditional domestic roles - some, like Erma Bombeck and Judith Viorst, embraced them, while others, like Caryl Kristenson and Marilyn Kentz, resisted them. Common themes, such as the isolation and competitiveness of housework, home as an idealized metaphysical goal and ongoing physical challenge, and the urban, suburban, and rural life, are also explored.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 - Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 31/05/2002 ISBN-13: 9780786413058  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Penelope Fritzer is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University's Davie campus. She lives in Coral Springs. Bartholomew Bland is the director of exhibitions at the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences. He lives in New York.

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