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Author Verberckmoes, Johan.

Title Laughter, jestbooks, and society in the Spanish Netherlands / Johan Verberckmoes.

Published New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  839.31709 VERB    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 214 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Early modern history.
Early modern history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [186]-208) and index.
Contents Introduction: Historical Laughter -- 1. Land of Cockaigne -- 2. Laughter Embodied -- 3. A Cure for the Civilized -- 4. The Politics of Joking -- 5. Entremets: Turning Bakht in upside down -- 6. Censoring Lies -- 7. Jestbooks in the Spanish Netherlands -- 8. Counter Reformation Humour -- Postscript: Hispanic Flemish Hotchpotch.
Summary In the late Middle Ages and the early sixteenth century people of high and low extraction alike split their sides with laughter at scenes of trickery and deception, when somebody inadvertently showed his bottom, or when their senses were misled by a cunning hero such as Ulenspieghel. Yet, throughout Europe from the sixteenth century onwards - in visual and theoretical representations of laughter, in the prohibition of comic manifestations of political and religious conflicts, as well as in civilization manuals based on Erasmus - moderation and restraint of laughter were imperative. In the Spanish Netherlands of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries this is supposed to have led to a strict culture with little laughter. This book contradicts this view. It pleads for the laughing body to be taken seriously as an influence on culture and society in its own right.
Subject Dutch literature -- 1500-1800 -- History and criticism.
Dutch wit and humor -- History and criticism.
Popular literature -- Netherlands -- History and criticism.
Dutch wit and humor, Pictorial.
Laughter -- Social aspects -- Netherlands.
Literature and society -- Netherlands.
Netherlands -- History -- Eighty Years' War, 1568-1648.
ISBN 0312216092 (cloth : recycled paper)