The humorous side of Dutch culture of the 17th century is obscured by a change that took place around 1670. Religious treatises and books of manners warning against laughter contributed to a new image, that of the humourless, Calvinist Dutch. Mainly based on a manuscript with some 2000 jokes, the lost laughter of the Golden Age is reconstructed and analyzed. Most jokes are crude and obscene, and they throw new light on attitudes towards sexuality, religion and other aspects of life.

Gouden Eeuw, Nederland, cultuur, humor
Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke
978-0-333-74674-5
hdl.handle.net/1765/16963
Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC)

Dekker, R.M. (2001). Humour in Dutch culture of the Golden Age. Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/16963


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