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Improbable Realities, Improbable Art: The American Tall Tale and the Instability of Humor in Children's Literature

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Title: Improbable Realities, Improbable Art: The American Tall Tale and the Instability of Humor in Children's Literature
Authors: Matthews, Karleanne
Instructor: Caron, James
Issue Date: 11 May 2012
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: There are perhaps no two forms as undervalued as fantasy and humor, and yet there are no two forms more important. "Perhaps it has something to do with the Puritan, no-nonsense work ethic that has imbued the American fulture and made fantasy suspect," comments David L. Russel in his introduction to Literature for Children. But in his essay "Realism Plus Fantasy Equals Magic," Roger W. Drury defends not only the cear-cut fantasy of the fairy tale or epic quest, but the fantasy of everyday life, addressing the social anxiety that fantasy is somehow detrimental to chidlren.
Pages/Duration: 64 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/29643
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