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Dickie, Simon
Cruelty and laughter : forgotten comic literature and the unsentimental Eighteenth Century / Simon Dickie
Alternate Title Forgotten comic literature and the unsentimental Eighteenth Century
forgotten comic literature and the unsentimental 18th century
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, c2011
book jacket
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 4th Floor  PR935 .D53 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English wit and humor -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Cruelty in literature
Physical Description xvii, 362 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-334) and index
Contents Introduction: The unsentimental Eighteenth Century, 1740-70 -- Jestbooks and the indifference to reform -- Nasty jokes, polite women -- How to be a wit -- Cripples, hunchbacks, and the limits of sympathy -- Epigrams and literary freaks -- Dancing cripples -- Everyday laughter: evidence -- Damaged lives: experience -- Body determinism -- Delights of privilege -- Laughing at the lower orders -- Caveats from social history -- High jinks and violent freedoms -- Lovelace at the haberdasher -- Joseph Andrews and the great laughter debate -- Narrative from a high horse -- Fielding's anatomy of laughter -- The problem with parsons -- Adams and the enemies of fun -- Rape jokes and the law -- Laughter and disbelief -- Functions of an assault -- Accusations, remedies, and local justice -- Humors of the Old Bailey -- In conclusion: the forgotten best sellers of early English fiction -- Ramble novels and slum realism -- Reading for the filler

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