Screech, M. A.

ISBN 10: 0813337399 / ISBN 13: 9780813337395
Verlag: Westview Press, Boulder, 1999
Zustand: Fine Hardcover
Verkäufer Warren Berry (Ashville, NY, USA)

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Black boards, 328 pages with index. A few b/w illustrations. An investigation into humor as related to religion, philosophy and the literature of same. "Wearing his immense exegetic and philosophical gifts lightly, he mobilizes to his cause a laughter-conscious church that is not so much broad as deep." (From a review by Howard Jacobson.). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 007478

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Verlag: Westview Press, Boulder

Erscheinungsdatum: 1999

Einband: Hard Cover


Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Fine

Auflage: First Edition.

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At the foot of the Cross, as Jesus hung in agony, the crowd laughed. Christians, ever since, have been ambivalent about laughter. St. Paul banned 'jesting,' but did that include mockery and high spirits? And what were the lessons of Biblical figures like (delighted) Abraham and (disbelieving) Sarah, both in their nineties, who laughed at the news they were about to have a child? Such debates had a deep influence on Erasmus, Rabelais and other great humanist writers. Michael Screech's acclaimed book illuminates both the background and their individual achievements.

About the Author:

M.A. Screech is an Extraordinary Fellow of Wolfson College and an Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Fellow of University College London. He is a renaissance scholar of international renown. His other books include Erasmus: Ecstasy and the Praise of Folly (1988), Rabelais and Montaigne and Melancholy. All are acknowledged to be classics in their fields. Screech was promoted Chevalier dans l'Ordre du Mérite in 1982 and Chevalier dans la Légion d'Honneur in 1992. He was ordained, in Oxford, a deacon in 1993 and a priest in 1994.

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