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Looking at Laughter
Humor, Power & Transgression in Roman Visual Culture 100 BC-AD 250
by John R. Clarke
- Publisher: University of California Press (Berkeley/LA/London)
- ISBN: 9780520237339 (0520237331)
- Genres: history, art
- Author: John R. Clarke
- Format: hardcover, 334 pages
- Release date: November 17, 2007
- Language: english
About The Book
In this accessible illustrated book, his 3rd to examine an aspect of Roman visual culture, Clarke asks what made Romans laugh? Looking at Laughter examines a heterogeneous corpus of visual material, from the crudely obscene to the exquisitely sophisticated, from the playful to the deadly serious — everything from street theater to erudite paintings parodying the emperor. Nine chapters, organized under the rubrics of Visual Humor, Social Humor & Sexual Humor, analyze a wide range of visual art, including wall painting, sculpture, mosaics & ceramics. Archeological sites, as well as a range of ancient texts, inscriptions & graffiti, provide the background for understanding the how & why of humorous imagery. This study offers insights into the mentality of patrons & viewers who enjoyed laughing at the gods, the powers-that-be & themselves.
1. Visual humor. Words or images? Degrees of visuality in Roman humor; Funny faces-onstage & off; Double takes; Apotropaic laughter
2. Social humor. Power over the other or the other’s power? Laughing at the Pygmy & the Aethiops; Who’s laughing? Modern scholars & ancient viewers in class conflict; Parody in elite visual culture at Pompeii: heroes, gods & foundation myths
3. Sexual humor. Sexual humor & the gods; Laughing at human sexual folly
List of Illustrations
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