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Piacentino, Edward J. 1945-

Works: 7 works in 47 publications in 1 language and 5,012 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humor  Literature  Biographies  Academic theses 
Roles: Editor, Author
Classifications: PS261, 817.009976
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Edward J Piacentino
Southern frontier humor : an anthology by Edward J Piacentino( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

If, as some suggest, American literature began with Huckleberry Finn, then the humorists of the Old South surely helped us to shape that literature. Twain himself learned to write by reading the humorists' work, and later writers were influenced by it. This book marks the first new collection of humor from that region published in fifteen years-and the first fresh selection of sketches and tales to appear in over forty years. Thomas Inge and Ed Piacentino bring their knowledge of and fondness for this genre to a collection that reflects the considerable body of scholarship that has been published on its major figures and the place of the movement in American literary history. They breathe new life into the subject, gathering a new selection of texts and adding Twain-the only major American author to contribute to and emerge from the movement-as well as several recently identified humorists. All of the major writers are represented, from Augustus Baldwin Longstreet to Thomas Bangs Thorpe, as well as a great many lesser-known figures like Hamilton C. Jones, Joseph M. Field, and John S. Robb. The anthology also includes several writers only recently discovered to be a part of the tradition, such as Joseph Gault, Christopher Mason Haile, James Edward Henry, and Marcus Lafayette Byrn, and features authors previously overlooked, such as William Gilmore Simms, Ham Jones, Orlando Benedict Mayer, and Adam Summer. Selections are timely, reflecting recent trends in literary history and criticism sensitive to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. The editors have also taken pains to seek out first printings to avoid the kinds of textual corruptions that often occur in later versions of these sketches. Southern Frontier Humor offers students and general readers alike a broad perspective and new appreciation of this singular form of writing from the Old South-and provides some chuckles along the way
The humor of the Old South by M. Thomas Inge( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,722 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays includes some of the past twenty-five years' most significant writing on the humor of the Old Southwest, as well as ten new works bringing fresh insights and original approaches to the subject. A number of the essays focus on well known humorists such as Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, William Tappan Thompson, and George Washington Harris, all of whom have long been recognized as key figures in Southwestern humor
Southern frontier humor : new approaches by Edward J Piacentino( )

10 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since its inception in the early 1830s, southern frontier humor (also known as the humor of the Old Southwest) has had enduring appeal. The onset of the new millennium precipitated an impressive rejuvenation of scholarly interest. Beyond Southern Frontier Humor represents the next step in this revival, providing a series of essays with fresh perspectives and contexts. First, the book shows the importance of Henry Junius Nott, a virtually unknown and forgotten writer who mined many of the principal subjects, themes, tropes, and character types associated with southern frontier humor, followed by an essay addressing how this humor genre and its ideological impact helped to stimulate a national cultural revolution. Several essays focus on the genre's legacy to the post-Civil War era, exploring intersections between southern frontier humor and southern local color writers--Joel Chandler Harris, Charles W. Chesnutt, and Sherwood Bonner. Mark Twain's African American dialect piece "A True Story," though employing some of the conventions of southern frontier humor, is reexamined as a transitional text, showing his shift to broader concerns, particularly in race portraiture. Essays also examine the evolution of the trickster from the Jack Tales to Hooper's Simon Suggs to similar mountebanks in novels of John Kennedy Toole, Mark Childress, and Clyde Edgerton and transnational contexts, the latter exploring parallels between southern frontier humor and the Jamaican Anansi tales. Finally, the genre is situated contextually, using contemporary critical discourses, which are applied to G.W. Harris's Sut Lovingood and to various frontier hunting stories."--Publisher's website
The enduring legacy of Old Southwest humor( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Old Southwest flourished between 1830 and 1860, but its brand of humor lives on in the writings of Mark Twain, the novels of William Faulkner, the television series The Beverly Hillbillies, the material of comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and even cyberspace, where nonsoutherners can come up to speed on subjects like hickphonics. The first book on its subject, The Enduring Legacy of Old Southwest Humor engages topics ranging from folklore to feminism to the Internet as it pays tribute to a distinctly American comic style that has continued to reinvent itself. The book begins by examining frontier southern humor as manifested in works of Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Woody Guthrie, Harry Crews, William Price Fox, Fred Chappell, Barry Hannah, Cormac McCarthy, and African American writers Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Ishmael Reed, and Yusef Komunyakaa. It then explores southwestern humor's legacy in popular culture--including comic strips, comedians, and sitcoms--and on the Internet
T.S. Stribling : pioneer realist in modern Southern literature by Edward J Piacentino( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

C.M. Haile's "Pardon Jones" letters : Old Southwest humor from antebellum Louisiana by C. M Haile( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of Haile's extant humorous dialect letters, almost all originally published in the New Orleans daily picayune, between December, 1840-April, 1848
The Southern novels of T.S. Stribling by Edward J Piacentino( )

6 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The humor of the Old South
The humor of the Old SouthThe enduring legacy of Old Southwest humorC.M. Haile's "Pardon Jones" letters : Old Southwest humor from antebellum Louisiana
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Piacentino, Ed

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Piacentino, Edward

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