The soul of wit : joke theory from Grimm to Freud (Book, 1993) []
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The soul of wit : joke theory from Grimm to Freud

The soul of wit : joke theory from Grimm to Freud

Author: Carl Hill
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1993.
Series: Modern German culture and literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Witz first became a burning issue for German intellectuals after 1671 when le Pere Dominique Bonhours in his Entretiens d'Ariste et d'Eugene informed them that they didn't have any. According to Bonhours, it wasn't really the Germans' fault that they were a little dim, it is just that they live in a cold climate and tend to be fat. A feud between French bel esprit and German Intellekt erupted that has persisted ever

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hill, Carl (Carl Dale), 1961-
Soul of wit.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©1993
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carl Hill
ISBN: 0803223692 9780803223691
OCLC Number: 27768523
Description: 244 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Vorspiel --
Witz and the Enlightenment --
Revolutionary Witz --
The Science of Witz --
The Economics of Witz --
Witz, Women, and Jews --
At Witz End --
Epilogue: The Polyvalence of Witz.
Series Title: Modern German culture and literature.
Responsibility: by Carl Hill.
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"Freedom begets wit and wit begets freedom."-Jean Paul "Hill places great importance on the jest as he traces examples from Genesis to Grimm to Freud, but he never lets his scholarly investigation of Read more...

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