Shakespeare and Laughter

Shakespeare and Laughter

A Cultural History

eBook - 2008
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This book examines laughter in the Shakespearean theatre, in the context of a cultural history of early modern laughter. Aimed at an informed readership as well as graduate students and scholars in the field of Shakespeare studies, it is the first study to focus specifically on laughter, not comedy. It looks at various strands of the early modern discourse on laughter, ranging from medical treatises and courtesy manuals to Puritan tracts and jestbook literature. It argues that few cultural phenomena have undergone as radical a change in meaning as laughter. Laughter became bound up with questio.
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781781700983
1781700982
9781847791696
1847791697
0719076927
9780719076923
Characteristics: 1 online resource (239 pages)

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