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Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China

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Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China

Christopher Rea

The Age of Irreverence tells why China’s entry into the modern age was not just traumatic but also uproarious. As the Qing dynasty slumped toward extinction, prominent writers compiled jokes into collections they called “histories of laughter.” During the first years of the Republic, novelists, essayists, and illustrators used humorous allegories to make veiled critiques of the new government. But  ... Read more


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