Victorian Comedy and Laughter

Conviviality, Jokes and Dissent

Editors: Lee, Louise (Ed.)

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  • Provides a new theoretical framework for the development of comedy studies in the Victorian period
  • Charts the falling-up of the joke as part of nineteenth century modernity
  •  Argues that the Victorians, in an age of exploding print and stage culture, experienced laugh-out-loud moments similar to our own today
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This innovative collection of essays is the first to situate comedy and laughter as central rather than peripheral to nineteenth century life. Victorian Comedy and Laughter: Conviviality,Jokes and Dissent offers new readings of the works of Charles Dickens, Edward Lear,George Eliot, George Gissing, Barry Pain and Oscar Wilde, alongside discussions of much-loved Victorian comics like Little Tich, Jenny Hill, Bessie Bellwood and Thomas Lawrence. Tracing three consecutive and interlocking moods in the period, all of the contributors engage with the crucial critical question of how laughter and comedy shaped Victorian subjectivity and aesthetic form. Malcolm Andrews, Jonathan Buckmaster and Peter Swaab explore the dream of print culture togetherness that is conviviality, while Bob Nicholson, Louise Lee, Ann Featherstone,Louise Wingrove and Oliver Double discuss the rise-on-rise of the Victorian joke — both on the page and the stage — while Peter Jones, Jonathan Wild and Matthew Kaiser consider the impassioned debates concerning old and new forms of laughter that took place at the end of the century.

      

               

About the authors

Louise Lee is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at Roehampton University, UK.


     



           

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Victorian Comedy and Laughter
Book Subtitle
Conviviality, Jokes and Dissent
Editors
  • Louise Lee
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57882-2
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57882-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57881-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 359
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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