Humour in Dutch Culture of the Golden Age

  • Rudolf M. Dekker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 151-187

About this book


The humorous side of Dutch culture of the seventeenth 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 two thousand 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.


culture event humour manuscript religion seventeenth century

Authors and affiliations

  • Rudolf M. Dekker
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  1. 1.Erasmus UniversityRotterdamThe Netherlands

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