Minstrelsy and Murder : The Crisis of Southern Humor, 1835-1925

Andrew Silver

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Synopsis: An exploration of the tragic origins of the South's dark humor In Minstrelsy and Murder, Andrew Silver locates the foundation of the South's dark humor in the great and violent cultural upheavals of the nineteenth century. Examining the connection between comic victimization and real acts of aggression, Silver shows southern humor to be a product not of America's wholeness and national unity but of its internal fears, divisiveness, and perpetual civil strife. He focuses on the work of southern writers Augustus B. Longstreet, George Washington Harris, Charles Chesnutt, and Mark Twain, exploring a strain of regional humor that runs counter to the more familiar American comic tradition. A profound distress about class emerges clearly in Silver's reading of Longstreet's Georgia sketches, just as Harris's post - Civil War stories reveal an escalating anger toward Yankees, emancipated African Americans, and upstart women.

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Andrew Silver is an associate professor of English at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He is the author of Combustible/Burn: A Play.

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