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Counterfeit Gentlemen: Manhood and Humor in the Old South

John Mayfield


This book is a reappraisal of Southern manhood and identity that uses humor and humorists to carry the reader into the very heart of antebellum culture. What does it mean to be a man in the pre-Civil War South? And how can we answer the question from the perspective of the early 21st century? The author does so by revealing how early 19th-century Southern humorists addressed the anxieties felt by men seeking to chart a new path between the old honor culture and the new market culture. Lacking the constraints imposed by journalism or proper literature, these writers created fictional worlds whe ... More

Keywords: Southern manhood, humor, humorists, antebellum culture, Old South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033372
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033372.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Mayfield, author
Samford University