Humour and History

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Keith Cameron
Intellect Books, 1993 - Social Science - 158 pages
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Aristotle felt that laughter was a distinctive trait of humanity and one that distinguished humans from the animals. On the other hand, the very existence of human beings could be considered a 'joke'. This title offers an insight into the role humour has played in various European cultures throughout their history.
 

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Contents

Humour and History
5
Humour in the Bible?
31
Humour and National Mythology
70
The Devil and Comedy
84
Robert W Witkin
136
Paul Kline
152
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Page 11 - Sudden glory is the passion which maketh those grimaces called laughter; and is caused either by some sudden act of their own that pleaseth them; or by the apprehension of some deformed thing in another, by comparison whereof they suddenly applaud themselves. And it is incident most to them that are conscious of the fewest abilities in themselves; who are forced to keep themselves in their own favour by observing the imperfections of other men.
Page 11 - Sudden glory' is the passion which maketh those 'grimaces' called 'laughter'; and is caused either by some sudden act of their own that pleaseth them, or by the apprehension of some deformed thing in another by comparison whereof they suddenly applaud themselves.
Page 11 - Sudden glory, is the passion which maketh those grimaces called LAUGHTER ; and is caused either by some sudden act of their own, that pleaseth them; or by the apprehension of some deformed thing in another, by comparison whereof they suddenly applaud themselves.

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Keith is Professor of French and Renaissance Studies at the University of Exeter.

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