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    He never even bared his teeth in laughter: the politics of humour in the Carolingian renaissance

    Innes, Matthew (2010) He never even bared his teeth in laughter: the politics of humour in the Carolingian renaissance. In: Halsall, G. (ed.) Humour, History and Politics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 131-156. ISBN 9780521133654.

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    Book synopsis: Although the topic of humor has been dealt with for other eras, early medieval humor remains largely neglected. The essays collected here attempt to fill the gap, examining how the writers of early medieval sources deliberately employed humor to make their case. The essays range from the late Roman empire through to the tenth century, and from Byzantium to Anglo-Saxon England. The subject matter is diverse, but a number of themes link them together, notably the use of irony, ridicule and satire as political tools. A comprehensive book to look at the way humour, irony and ridicule were used in late antique and early medieval writing. Shows how humour was constructed and used in medieval society, and how it differs from twenty-first-century humour. Both scholarly and entertaining, reflecting the subject matter.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2017 14:01
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:31


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