"Didn't our people laugh?": Pacific Humor as Resistance

Todd Thompson

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Todd Nathan Thompson is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Assistant Chair of the English Department. He is author of The National Joker: Abraham Lincoln and the Politics of Satire (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015). Thompson’s work on political satire and pre-1900 American literature has also appeared in Scholarly Editing, Early American Literature, ESQ, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Journal of American Culture, Studies in American Humor, Teaching American Literature, the Blackwell Companion to Poetic Genre, and elsewhere. In summer 2017 he was a Peterson Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society.


I am at work on a monograph, titled Savage Laughter: Nineteenth-Century American Humor and the South Seas, that characterizes humor and satire as a risible contact zone between the US and Polynesia and demonstrates how the... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Todd Thompson (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

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Pacific Intersections


S9 » Seminar 9: Pacific Intersections (15:45 - Saturday, 24th March, Boardroom East)

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