Transcendental Wordplay

Transcendental Wordplay

America's Romantic Punsters and the Search for the Language of Nature

eBook - 2000
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West (English, U. of Pittsburgh) interprets Thoreau as an ironic moralist, satirist, and social critic rather than as a nature-loving mystic, and suggests that the major American Romantics shared a surprising conservatism. In his own words, the study is of interest to "anyone curious about what the origins of words have to teach us, the links between language study and literature, the intellectual pretensions of America's English teachers, and how good writers learn to transcend their lessons." He rescues the pun from critical contempt and presents riddles, acrostics, anagrams, dirty jokes, and other forms of wordplay as a serious form of American humor. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Press, [2000], ©2000
ISBN: 9780821440537
Branch Call Number: 808.042 We
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 518 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)

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