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Jestbooks and the Indifference to Reform

Simon Dickie

in Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines jestbooks during the mid-eighteenth century, a period that historians of popular culture have often argued to be marked by humor of protest. The question the author asks, ... More


Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Simon Dickie

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Eighteenth-century British culture is often seen as polite and sentimental—the creation of an emerging middle class. This book disputes these assumptions, plunging into the forgotten comic literature ... More


Cripples, Hunchbacks, and the Limits of Sympathy

Simon Dickie

in Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226146188
eISBN:
9780226146201
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226146201.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter takes a closer look at the jokes and jests surrounding hunchbacks and cripples by gathering the lost and scattered evidence, the materials which support the notion that ... More


‘Divines into dry Vines’: forms of jesting in Renaissance England

Adam Smyth

in Formal matters: Reading the materials of English Renaissance literature

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719085536
eISBN:
9781781707173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719085536.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In Adam Smyth’s study of Renaissance jests and jestbooks, textual production is characterized by a lack of authorship, since jokes never really have owners or authors. Circulated within a community ... More


Cross-Sections (1): 1516–1520

Cathy Shrank

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 1: Prose Fiction in English from the Origins of Print to 1750

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199580033
eISBN:
9780191869730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199580033.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter provides a cross-section of the prose fiction printed in English between 1516 and 1520. Of the ten examples of narrative prose known to have survived from this period – comprising three ... More


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