Mirth Making: The Rhetorical Discourse on Jesting in Early Modern England

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MIRTH MAKING examines the complex and often contradictory ways in which writers of rhetoric and courtesy manuals during the English Renaissance counseled their readers on the powers and hazards of jesting. Shedding light on a subject largely neglected by contemporary scholars, Holcomb's pathbreaking study demonstrates how such humor-related advice points to and participates in broader cultural phenomena - most notably the era's increase in social and geographic mobility and the contest between authority and subversion. ...

Mirth Making: The Rhetorical Discourse on Jesting in Early Modern England 2001, University of South Carolina Press

ISBN-13: 9781570033971

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