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OF CORPSE

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OF CORPSE Death and Humor in Folklore and Popular Culture

Edited by

PETER NARVÁEZ

U TA H S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y P R E S S

Logan, Utah 2003

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© 2003 Utah State University Press Logan, Utah 84322-7800 All rights reserved. Reproduction in any form requires written permission of the publisher. Cover design by Nancy Banks. Manufactured in Canada. An earlier version of Ellis’s essay “Making a Big Apple Crumble” was published in the online journal New Directions in Folklore, 6 June 2002 (www.temple.edu/isllc/newfolk/index.html). Used by permission. An earlier version of Harlow’s essay “Creating Situations” was published in the Journal of American Folklore 110 (1997:140–168). Used by permission. An earlier version of Kugelmass’s essay “Wishes Come True” was published in the Journal of American Folklore 104 (1991:443–465). Used by permission. An earlier version of Narváez’s essay “Tricks and Fun” was published in Western Folklore 53 (1994:263–293). Used by permission. A version of Roth’s essay can be found as part of a larger essay in Shakedown Street: The Art of Deadheads, forthcoming from the University Press of Mississippi. Used by permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Of corpse : death and humor in folklore and popular culture / edited by Peter Narváez. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-87421-559-5 (pbk.) 1. Death—Folklore. 2. Death—Humor. I. Narváez, Peter. GR455.O43 2003 398.27—dc21 2003004641

ISBN 0-87421-481-5 (e-book)

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CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

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Introduction: The Death-Humor Paradox Peter Narváez

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PA R T O N E : D i s a s t e r J o k e s

1 Jokes That Follow Mass-Mediated Disasters in a Global Electronic Age 15 Christie Davies 2 Making a Big Apple Crumble: The Role of Humor in Constructing a Global Response to Disaster 35 Bill Ellis PA R T T W O : R i t e s o f P a s s a g e

3 Creating Situations: Practical Jokes and the Revival of the Dead in Irish Tradition 83 Ilana Harlow 4 Tricks and Fun: Subversive Pleasures at Newfoundland Wakes 113 Peter Narváez 5 “Pardon Me for Not Standing”: Modern American Graveyard Humor 140 Richard E. Meyer PA R T T H R E E : F e s t i v a l s

6 Wishes Come True: Designing the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade 171 Jack Kugelmass 7 Making Merry with Death: Iconic Humor in Mexico’s Day of the Dead 198 Kristin Congdon

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8 Calaveras: Literary Humor in Mexico’s Day of the Dead Stanley Brandes

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9 Exit Laughing: Death and Laughter in Los Angeles and Port-au-Prince 239 Donald J. Cosentino PA R T F O U R : P o p u l a r C u l t u r e

10 Dancing Skeletons: The Subversion of Death Among Deadheads 263 LuAnne K. Roth 11 Traditional Narrative, Popular Aesthetics, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Vernacular Cinema 294 Mikel Koven Notes

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