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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Robert von Hallberg

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Gabriel M Velarde


I compare Trailer Park Boys to works of frontier humor such as Thomas Bang Thorpe’s The Big Bear of Arkansas, George Washington Harris’ stories about his character Sut Lovingood, and Erskine Caldwell’s Tobacco Road. The first chapter examines the frontier’s landscape and folkloric features in Trailer Park Boys and how these features relate to the frontier and folklore depicted in works of frontier humor, using insights of Walter Blair and James Bishop to explain how Trailer Park Boys can be considered a contemporary work of frontier humor. In the second chapter I use Dean DeFino’s idea of “temporary membership” to explain how Trailer Park Boys creates empathy as well as humor.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.