Controlling Laughter


Book Details

Author  Anthony Corbeill
Publisher  Princeton University Press
Publication Date   August 5, 1996
ISBN  0691027390
Pages  280

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With particular focus on a generation which enjoyed flourishing political rhetoric, this text argues that aggressive humour exercised real powers of persuasion over audiences, and that, naturally, this helped shape the ethical standards of the day. This book is the first of its kind to examine the topic in its social context, and Corbeill uses such chapter headings as: Physical Peculiarities; Names and Cognomina; Moral Appearance in Action; A Political History in Wit.

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