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William W. Hoffa
Hamilton College (Clinton, NY 13323-1295)

American Humor and the English Language--Also the Farce Tradition in American Humor

To study two antithetical human impulses which comedy explores and exploits dramatically. The first, which might be called Apollonian, is the impulse toward social order, decency, decorum, piety, and restraint; the second, which might be called Dionysian, is the impulse toward disorder, impiety, amorality, release, and the aggressions of the unfettered ego. Such a study of American humor and the English language will reveal a network of covert values and tensions which exist beneath the surface of American social and political life.

Project fields:
American Literature

Residential College Teacher Fellowships, 1976 - 1981

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1978 – 5/31/1979