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A Cultural History of Humour: From Antiquity…

A Cultural History of Humour: From Antiquity to the Present Day

by Jan Bremmer (Editor), Herman Roodenburg (Editor)

Other authors: Derek Brewer (Contributor), Peter Burke (Contributor), Antoine de Baecque (Contributor), Henk Driessen (Contributor), Fritz Graf (Contributor)5 more, Aaron Gurevich (Contributor), Jacques le Goff (Contributor), Mary Lee Townsend (Contributor), Johan Verberckmoes (Contributor), Mariët Westermann (Contributor)

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Roodenburg, HermanEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Burke, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Baecque, AntoineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Driessen, HenkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Graf, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gurevich, AaronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
le Goff, JacquesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Verberckmoes, JohanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 074561535X, Hardcover)

Humour is without doubt a vital element of the human condition but it has rarely been the subject of serious historical research. Yet a closer look at jokes and other comic phenomena shows us that the nature of humour changes from one period to another, and that these changes can provide us with important insights into the social and cultural developments of the past.

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.

These innovative accounts move humour into the centre of social and cultural history and throw an unexpected light on life and manners through the ages.

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