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Spanish Laughter: Humor and Its Sense in Modern Spain

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Volume 9

Studies in Latin American and Spanish History

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Spanish Laughter

Humor and Its Sense in Modern Spain

Edited by Antonio Calvo Maturana

402 pages, 34 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-499-9 $155.00/£115.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (June 2022)

eISBN 978-1-80073-500-2 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This volume is a fresh and significant contribution not only to the overall field of Hispanic Studies, but to numerous other disciplines such as humor studies, gender studies, journalism and studies in the Enlightenment. The editor and authors have presented an interdisciplinary mosaic that represents more than two centuries of humorous testimony.” • Leticia Villamediana González, University of Warwick


Why and what have we laughed at in the last two centuries? Is humor merely a means of provoking laughter and entertainment, or of communicating deeper ideas? What are and have been its limits? Spanish Laughter answers these and many other questions through an interdisciplinary study of Spanish humor from the Enlightenment to the present day, analyzing everything from literature and political satire to film and social networks.

Antonio Calvo Maturana is Associate Professor of History at the University of Malaga and principal investigator of the international research team ‘Humour and Its Sense: Discourses and Images of the Laughable from the Enlightenment until Today’. His area of expertise is European Cultural History during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with a particular interest in Spain. He is the author of four books, among them: Impostores: sombras en la España de las luces (Cátedra, 2015); ‘Cuando manden los que obedecen’: la clase política e intelectual de la España preliberal, 1780-1808 (2013); ‘Aquel que manda las conciencias’: Iglesia y adoctrinamiento político en la Monarquía Hispánica preconstitucional, 1780-1808 (2012); María Luisa de Parma: reina de España, esclava del mito (2007, 2ª ed. Forthcoming).

Subject: History: 18th/19th Century History: 20th Century to Present Media Studies
Area: Southern Europe


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