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Laughter Notes on a Passion

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ISBN-10: 0262514745

ISBN-13: 9780262514743

Edition: 2010

Authors: Anca Parvulescu, C. Robert, M. Sean, E. Steven, Stockholm Inst Of Transition Staff

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Most of our theories of laughter are not concerned with laughter. Rather, their focus is the laughable object, whether conceived of as the comic, the humorous, jokes, the grotesque, the ridiculous, or the ludicrous. In Laughter, Anca Parvulescu proposes a return to the materiality of the burst of laughter itself. She sets out to uncover an archive of laughter, inviting us to follow its rhythms and listen to its tones. Historically, laughter-especially the passionate burst of laughter-has often been a faux pas. Manuals for conduct, abetted by philosophical treatises and literary and visual texts, warned against it, offering special injunctions to ladies to avoid jollity that was too…    
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 8/27/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.06" wide x 9.00" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Anca Parvulescu is professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis. She is the author of Laughter: Notes on a Passion.