Not only do Antonio and Sebastian, through their jests, violate a courtier's modesty and gravity; they also, through their jokes, show no respect for the grieving condition of their ruler.
The latter end of his commonwealth forgets the beginning," Antonio jests (2.
In general, the people of the South West (Siamu, Dagara, Lobi, Gan, Djan, Puguli, Birifor) jest
with the people of Comoe and Kenedougou (Turka, Gouin, Karaboro, Senoufo).
Similarly, one the of very first jests discussed in the book relates how a wife manages to reveal the affair her husband is having with a maid and have her sacked.
Brown combines a look at phenomena of popular culture with an analysis of an impressive variety of texts, including jest books and drama, coining the term "jesting literature" to encompass the entire field of laughter.
Brown, however, argues that women's importance as consumers and retailers of jests
(in which she includes jest
books, plays, ballads, tales, and woodcuts) meant that jest
-writers had to anticipate women's possible reactions to their product: 'As judging spectators who could grant or withhold laughter, women wielded a small but palpable form of social power' (p.
This popularity of apparently misogynist literature may seem counterintuitive, but Brown finds numerous examples of jests
"with potential as resources for female resistance and productive fantasy" (8).
Brown offers a cogent argument for the evidence recorded jests
provide about female resistance to the various prescriptions and proscriptions intended to govern their behavior, and compiles wonderfully revealing anecdotes about obstreperous early modern women who elected to play the shrew rather than the sheep.
Dekker's intent, among others, is to unpack or translate a set of seventeenth-century jests
for a twenty-first century audience as a window into an emergent Dutch bourgeois culture.
The author impressively analyzes how courtiers preserved or inverted social hierarchy in their jests
, or accomplished both at once.
The first extant edition of The Jests
of Scoggin dates from 1626; but it was entered in the Stationers' Register around 1556.
and practical jokes are broadly farcical, often brutal, sometimes obscene; but they have a serious theme.
A noted London alewife of the late Elizabethan period, nominal source of many jests
and anecdotes, and often mentioned in Elizabethan drama.
The Original Box Figurine(TM), the Treasure Jests
now range in size from extra large to the new minis.
that alluded to the drama of sexuality, voyeurism, commerce, and violence were prominent in all the places where women came together.