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‘Nothing better than mirth and hilarity’: happiness, unhappiness, jest and sociability in the eighteenth century

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It has been claimed that the eighteenth century invented happiness – or at least, began to entertain the notion that secular happiness could be expected as part of virtuous Christian life. Studies of the notion of happiness in this period have tended to focus on the philosophical dimensions of the concept. This essay offers a different perspective, by considering jest book culture and the idea of mirth through reading. It had long been argued that melancholy could be driven away by sociab...

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Peer reviewed
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10.14277/2420-823X/El-2-1-15-18p

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, English Faculty
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Publisher:
Edizioni Ca’ Foscari Publisher's website
Journal:
English Literature Journal website
Volume:
2
Issue:
1
Pages:
123-143
Publication date:
2015-06-30
Acceptance date:
2014-06-06
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2420-823X
ISSN:
2385-1635
Pubs id:
pubs:647419
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uri:50504088-43ab-4525-bce0-22e7b2088397
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uuid:50504088-43ab-4525-bce0-22e7b2088397
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