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Fools and Jesters in Literature, Art, and History: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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Jesters and fools have existed as important and consistent figures in nearly all cultures. Sometimes referred to as clowns, they are typological characters who have conventional roles in the arts, often using nonsense to subvert existing order. But fools are also a part of social and religious history, and they frequently play key roles in the rituals that support and shap ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published May 21st 1998 by Greenwood Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays, non-fiction
This is basically a scholarly book, a compilation of similarly structured essays about fools. As so often happens, I meant to browse, and ended up at least skimming all of the entries.

I'm still not sure all of the subjects strictly qualify as "fools", but I can now see the link between the classic fools and jesters of history and the comedy of the present. It's not an association I would have made on my own, and though I don't consider all the comedians discussed here to be direct descendants of
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