Humour in Dutch Culture of the Golden Age

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The humorous side of Dutch culture of the 17th century is obscured by a change that took place around 1670. Religious treatises and books of manners warning against laughter contributed to a new image, that of the humorless Calvinist Dutch. Based on a manuscript containing some 2000 jokes, the lost laughter of the Golden Age is reconstructed and analyzed. Most jokes are crude and obscene, and they throw a new light on attitudes towards ...
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The humorous side of Dutch culture of the 17th century is obscured by a change that took place around 1670. Religious treatises and books of manners warning against laughter contributed to a new image, that of the humorless Calvinist Dutch. Based on a manuscript containing some 2000 jokes, the lost laughter of the Golden Age is reconstructed and analyzed. Most jokes are crude and obscene, and they throw a new light on attitudes towards sexuality, religion, and other aspects of life.
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Based on printed jestbooks, farces, comic paintings, and especially the humor of Aernout van Overbeke, this book studies the role of humor in Dutch culture prior to the rise of Calvinism. Chapters consider the origins of jokes, the etiquette of laughter, the use of humor in written and visual culture, Overbeke's anecdotes, polarity and inversion, and the recent renewal of humor in Dutch culture. Dekker teaches history at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780333746745
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Rudolf M. Dekker is Reader, Erasmus University.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
Introduction 1
1 The Laughing Dutch 7
Lost cheerfulness 7
The etiquette of laughter 9
Everyday humour 16
2 Humour in Word and Image 19
Reading for pleasure 19
The heyday of the jestbook 25
Visual humour 40
3 Aernout van Overbeke and His Jokes 47
Aernout van Overbeke 47
The Anecdotes 58
Autobiographical humour 65
No one gets away with it 74
4 Polarity and Inversion 85
The straight and the crooked 85
Men and women 96
Parents and children 111
In sickness and in health 117
Us and them 127
Heaven and hell 136
Conclusion: The Return of Laughter 145
Notes 151
Index 175
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