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A Cultural history of humour : from antiquity to the present day

Author: Jan N Bremmer; Herman Roodenburg
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Polity Press ; Malden, MA : Blackwell, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This important and highly original book sets out to explore the terra incognita of humour through the ages - from jokes and stage humour in Greece and Rome to the jestbooks of early modern Europe, from practical jokes in Renaissance Italy to comic painting during the Dutch Golden Age, from Bakhtin's conception of laughter to the joking relationships of anthropologists.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan N Bremmer; Herman Roodenburg
ISBN: 074561535X 9780745615356 0745618804 9780745618807
OCLC Number: 36215011
Description: xii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Humor and history / Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg --
Jokes, jokers and jokebooks in ancient Greek culture / Jan Bremer --
Cicero, Plautus and Roman laughter / Fritz Graf --
Laughter in the Middle Ages / Jacques le Goff --
Bakhtin and his theory of carnival / Aaron Gurevich --
Frontiers of the comic in early modern Italy, c. 1350-1750 / Peter Burke --
The comic and the Counter-Reformation in the Spanish Netherlands / Johan Verberckmoes --
Prose jest-books mainly in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in England / Derek Brewer --
To converse agreeably, civility and the telling of jokes in the seventeenth-century Holland / Herman Roodenburg --
How was Jan Steen funny? / Mariët Westermann --
Parliamentary hilarity inside the French Constitutional Assembly (1789-91) / Antoine de Baecque --
Humour and the public sphere in nineteenth-century Germany / Mary Lee Townsend --
Humour, laughter and the field, reflections from anthropology / Henk Driessen.
Responsibility: edited by Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg.

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