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The Resource Forbidden laughter : popular humor and the limits of repression in nineteenth-century Prussia, Mary Lee Townsend

Forbidden laughter : popular humor and the limits of repression in nineteenth-century Prussia, Mary Lee Townsend

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Forbidden laughter : popular humor and the limits of repression in nineteenth-century Prussia
Title
Forbidden laughter
Title remainder
popular humor and the limits of repression in nineteenth-century Prussia
Statement of responsibility
Mary Lee Townsend
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
When considering Prussian history, the element of humor might not leap instantly to mind. Yet, as Forbidden Laughter reveals, humor played an integral role in nineteenth-century Prussia, proving a powerful medium for the expression of otherwise repressed political and social sentiments. Mary Lee Townsend shows how widespread literacy and new, inexpensive methods of publishing and distribution made it possible to bring a subversive literature to all social strata. In a society with no parliamentary vehicle for political expression and strong taboos against many forms of personal self-expression, popular humor came to serve as a forum for public discussion of political, social, and moral issues. Even after 1849, when Prussians began to enjoy a measure of parliamentary representation and some freedom of the press, the tradition of popular humor lived on. This strong, if little known, history of public, critical discourse suggests that the actions of Berliners and Prussians in 1848 and after were not based on "unpolitical" ignorance due to a lack of parliamentary experience and sheeplike obedience to authority. On the contrary, their attitudes and decisions grew out of lively public debate
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Townsend, Mary Lee
Dewey number
837/.709
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PT3803.P8
LC item number
T68 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Social history, popular culture, and politics in Germany
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • German wit and humor
  • Popular literature
  • German literature
  • Literature and society
  • Prussia (Germany)
Label
Forbidden laughter : popular humor and the limits of repression in nineteenth-century Prussia, Mary Lee Townsend
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht004523292.PDF
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-251) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Note on Translations, Transcriptions, and Citations -- Introduction: The Robespierre of Prussia -- Ch. 1. Berlin -- Beyond the Limits of Repression -- Ch. 2. Berlin's Witty Young Men -- Ch. 3. Hawking Humor on Grub Street -- Ch. 4. Daily Laughter -- Ch. 5. Slouching toward the Revolution -- Ch. 6. Forbidden Laughter -- Ch. 7. The Myth of the Unpolitical German
Control code
ocm26718965
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 258 pages
Isbn
9780472103300
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92031767
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)26718965
Label
Forbidden laughter : popular humor and the limits of repression in nineteenth-century Prussia, Mary Lee Townsend
Link
http://www.gbv.de/dms/hbz/toc/ht004523292.PDF
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-251) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Note on Translations, Transcriptions, and Citations -- Introduction: The Robespierre of Prussia -- Ch. 1. Berlin -- Beyond the Limits of Repression -- Ch. 2. Berlin's Witty Young Men -- Ch. 3. Hawking Humor on Grub Street -- Ch. 4. Daily Laughter -- Ch. 5. Slouching toward the Revolution -- Ch. 6. Forbidden Laughter -- Ch. 7. The Myth of the Unpolitical German
Control code
ocm26718965
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xix, 258 pages
Isbn
9780472103300
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
92031767
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)26718965

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