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Shakespeare and Laughter: A Cultural History

Indira Ghose


This book examines laughter in the Shakespearean theatre, in the context of a cultural history of early modern laughter, and 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, a paradigm shift that can be traced back to the early modern period, which saw some remarkable changes in the culture of laughter. Hitherto, laughter had been mainly regarded as a social corrective that mocked those ... More

Keywords: laughter, William Shakespeare, theatre, medical treatises, courtesy manuals, Puritan tracts, jestbook literature, early modern period, Erasmian wise fool, social corrective

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719076923
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719076923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Indira Ghose, author