My article on the transatlantic circulation of a 19th century newspaper joke has just been published in the Journal of Victorian Culture. ‘You Kick the Bucket; We Do the Rest!’: Jokes and the Culture of Reprinting in the Transatlantic Press "In December 1893 the Conservative candidate for Flintshire addressed an audience at Mold Constitutional Club. After he had finished attacking Gladstone and the local Liberal incumbent, he ended his speech with a joke. He advised the Conservative party to adopt, with regard to the government, the sign of an American undertaker: ‘You kick the bucket; we do the rest’. How did a sign belonging to a Nevadan undertaker become the subject of a joke told at a political meeting in North Wales? This unlikely question forms the basis of this article. Using new digital archives, it tracks the journey of the gag from its origins in New York, its travels around America, its trip across the Atlantic, its circulation throughout Britain and its eventual leap into political discourse. The article uses the joke to illuminate the workings of a broader culture of transatlantic reprinting. During the final quarter of the nineteenth century miscellaneous ‘snippets’ cut from the pages of the American [...]
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@MorganScorpion I don't *think* so, but I guess it's open to interpretation!16 hours ago
I wonder if 'object-lessons on the blue heron' are still on the school curriculum? It's a lost world... twitter.com/VictorianHumou…16 hours ago
Rowlandson’s "Exhibition Staircase" (1800). Underwear first appeared in about 1806 - until then it was au naturale. pic.twitter.com/Ss2EcwvtcG18 hours ago
@MorganScorpion Welcome no. 666! I'll have to dig out a suitably beastly joke...18 hours ago
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