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Sudden Glory: Laughter as Subversive History
     

Sudden Glory: Laughter as Subversive History

by Barry Sanders
 

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Sudden Glory presents the history of one of the most evanescent but powerful forms of human expression--laughter. Here is the first book to look not at humor or comedy, but at laughter itself--and specifically at the way laughter evolved into an effective weapon for political subversion. Barry Sanders asks, What did people laugh at? And why? What was the Church's

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Sudden Glory presents the history of one of the most evanescent but powerful forms of human expression--laughter. Here is the first book to look not at humor or comedy, but at laughter itself--and specifically at the way laughter evolved into an effective weapon for political subversion. Barry Sanders asks, What did people laugh at? And why? What was the Church's attitude? The Rabbis'? Who could do it, when, and at whom? When did the first joke appear?

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Library Journal
Few literary matters are more elusive of definition than the function of laughter. Many thinkers have taken up the burden of explaining its purpose, yet the more they explain, the more that best of gifts to plodding humankind hides its secret springs. If after reading Sanders's book we still seem no nearer to any real understanding of what laughter is, it is certainly not due to any skimping in his research. English professor Sanders (A Is for Ox, Pantheon, 1994) has gathered together a great deal of information on what have made and continue to make humans laugh-starting with the ancient world through the Middle Ages to the present-in relation to the social, intellectual, and doctrinal backgrounds of the times. But the feeling is inescapable that Sanders was at times bewildered by the magnitude of his undertaking and had never quite mastered exactly what he was examining. Not for your average collection.-A.J. Anderson, GSLIS, Simmons Coll., Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807062043
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.17(d)

Meet the Author

Barry Sanders is the author of A Is for Ox: Violence, Electronic Media, and the Silencing of the Written Word, among other books. He is Peter and Gloria Gold Professor of English at Pitzer College in Claremont, California.

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