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CES 285 American Humor • 5 Cr.


Surveys the history of American humor. Topics may include the Down East, Old Southwest, and Literary Comedian genres of the 19th century and the Purple Cow and Columnists humorists of the 20th century. Students may also analyze contemporary forms such as cartoons and stand-up comedy. Previously AMST 285.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of their own previously-held perspectives on the theme and explain how those perspectives may have changed.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of trends in American thought and attitude regarding the theme.
  • Discuss, orally or in writing, the theme showing the interrelation of historical events, literary works and social changes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to synthesize information from various sources/media and communicate that insight effectively.



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