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When You're Up to Your Ass in Alligators

More Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire

Alan Dundes
Carl R. Pagter

Folklore, Humor

Published: April 1987
ISBN: 9780814318676
Pages: 272 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 99 black and white images

Office copier folklore—those tattered sheets of cartoons, mottoes, zany poems, defiant sayings, parodies, and crude jokes that regularly circulate in office buildings everywhere—is the subject of this innovative study. this type of folklore represents a major form of tradition in modern America, and the authors have compiled this raw data for scholarship—and entertainment. These creations of the Paperwork Empire comment on topics and problems that concern all urban Americans. No one and nothing escapes their raunchy wit and sarcasm. Bosses, ethnic groups, minorities, the sexes, alternative lifestyles, politics, welfare, government workers, the law, bureaucracy, and even "The Night Before Christmas" all come under fire to form a biting, and hilarious, commentary on modern American society.

Alan Dundes is a professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley.

Carl R. Pagter is a practicing attorney in California.