Humor's Role in Imagining America: Ebenezer Cook's The Sot-Weed Factor

@article{Ford2003HumorsRI,
  title={Humor's Role in Imagining America: Ebenezer Cook's The Sot-Weed Factor},
  author={S. G. Ford},
  journal={The Southern Literary Journal},
  year={2003},
  volume={35},
  pages={1 - 12}
}
  • S. G. Ford
  • Published 2003
  • History
  • The Southern Literary Journal
In stark contrast to the serious religious writings of the New England Puritans, Ebenezer Cook's poem The Sot-Weed Factor; or, a Voyage to Maryland portrays a colonial America full of con artists, rambunctious lawyers, and drunken planters. The narrator is an English tobacco factor who is swindled by these unscrupulous colonists. The poem becomes a form of revenge as he hurls insults and curses, but, as several critics have argued, the humor in the poem is two-fold. While the factor points out… Expand
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