Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 September 2011

240 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719087004

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Shakespeare and Laughter

A Cultural History

Indira Ghose

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Apart from the historical and literary detail, Ghose is using recent scientific research - including 'Laughter
  • A Scientific Investigation' by Robert Provine
  • Ghose looks at how a paradigmatic shift in the meaning of laughter occurred during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and reveals how Shakespeare was involved
  • The study concentrates on Shakespeare's comedy in the context of the development of mass entertainment culture - how laughter becomes a comedy
  • Very few scholars are aware that the status of laughter has evolved dramatically over the last few centuries - in the medieval period for example, laughter was only acceptable as an instrument of social correction