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The Resource Playing the fool : subversive laughter in troubled times, Ralph Lerner, (electronic resource)

Playing the fool : subversive laughter in troubled times, Ralph Lerner, (electronic resource)

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Playing the fool : subversive laughter in troubled times
Title
Playing the fool
Title remainder
subversive laughter in troubled times
Statement of responsibility
Ralph Lerner
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The role of the fool is to provoke the powerful to question their convictions, preferably while avoiding a beating. Fools accomplish this not by hectoring their audience, but by broaching sensitive topics indirectly, often disguising their message in a joke or a tale. Writers and thinkers throughout history have adopted the fool's approach, and here Ralph Lerner turns to six of them--Thomas More, Francis Bacon, Robert Burton, Pierre Bayle, Benjamin Franklin, and Edward Gibbon--to elucidate the strategies these men employed to persuade the heedless, the zealous, and the overly confident to pause
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Lerner, Ralph
Dewey number
809.7/93581
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • More, Thomas
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Burton, Robert
  • Bayle, Pierre
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Gibbon, Edward
  • More, Thomas
  • Bacon, Francis
  • Burton, Robert
  • Bayle, Pierre
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Gibbon, Edward
  • Political satire
  • Fools and jesters
  • Laughter
  • Political science
Label
Playing the fool : subversive laughter in troubled times, Ralph Lerner, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Tomfoolery in Earnest; 2 The Jihad of St. Alban; 3 Burton's Antics; 4 Remedial Education in Professor Bayle's History Class; 5 Franklin's Double Take on Rights; 6 The Smile of a Philosophic Historian; Index of Names
Control code
ocn475007593
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (134 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226473178
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)475007593
Label
Playing the fool : subversive laughter in troubled times, Ralph Lerner, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Tomfoolery in Earnest; 2 The Jihad of St. Alban; 3 Burton's Antics; 4 Remedial Education in Professor Bayle's History Class; 5 Franklin's Double Take on Rights; 6 The Smile of a Philosophic Historian; Index of Names
Control code
ocn475007593
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (134 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226473178
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)475007593

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