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Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century
by Simon Dickie
Eighteenth-century British culture is often seen as polite and sentimental—the creation of an emerging middle class. Simon Dickiedisputes these assumptions in Cruelty and Laughter, a wildly enjoyable but shocking plunge into the forgotten comic literature of the age. Beneath the surface of Enlightenment civility, Dickie uncovers a rich vein ofcruel humorthatforces us to re ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published October 1st 2011)
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