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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 Dickie disputes 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 of cruel humor that forces us t ...more
ebook, Adobe DRM EPUB, 384 pages
Published October 2011 by University of Chicago Press
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