Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded: Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire (Humor in Life and Letters Series) (by Alan Dundes, Carl Pagter)


Author(s): Alan Dundes, Carl Pagter

Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Publish date: 1992-12-01
ISBN-10: 0814324320
ISBN-13: 9780814324325
Language: English
Description: Anyone who has ever filled in a form in triplicate, taken an
aptitude test, or been rebuffed by a form letter will appreciate
the urban folklore found in this collection. Urban people as a folk
are bound together by their unhappy experiences in battling "the
system," whether that system is the machinery of government or the
office where one works. The wonderfully expressive materials in
this book-chain letters, memoranda, notices, and cartoons-touch
upon every major controversy of urban America: racism, sex,
politics, automation, alienation, welfare, the women's movement,
military mentality, and office bureaucracy. The humor of the
materials… more…

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