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Hewitson, Mark: "Black Humour. Caricature in Wartime." In: Oxford German Studies 41.2 (2012), S. 213–235. 
Resource type: Journal Article
Languages: englisch
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1179/0078719112Z.00000000013
BibTeX citation key: Hewitson2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: Freud. Sigmund, Humor, Karikatur, Krieg, Randformen des Comics
Creators: Hewitson
Collection: Oxford German Studies
Abstract
The article evaluates Sigmund Freud’s theory of the joke, Mary Douglas’s anthropological reading of Freud and Michael Billig’s Freudian analysis of the sociology of laughter and ridicule as a means of interpreting cartoons produced in Germany during wartime. Defining ‘black humour’ broadly, as humour deriving from the contemplation of suffering or death, the author argues that both sociological and anthropological accounts of satire have difficulty in comprehending the nihilism of some wartime caricature. Freud’s notion of the joke as the revelation of repressed instincts and unconscious desires seems better suited to such interpretation but pays little attention to the particular social roles and cultural meanings of humour.
  
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