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Humour in Contemporary FranceControversy, Consensus and Contradictions$
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Jonathan Ervine

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620511

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620511.001.0001

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Humour in Contemporary France

Jonathan Ervine

Liverpool University Press

After exploring the general impact of the 2015 terrorist attacks on French humour and humorists, this conclusion will focus on the perennial question of ‘peut-on rire de tout?’ (can one laugh about everything?) in order to assess contemporary attitudes to humour in France. It will then broaden its focus to consider what humour can achieve before focusing on what the four case studies examined here demonstrate about French humour and the ways in which if focuses on others and otherness. It will map out ways in which the four case studies constitute significant indicators of changes in contemporary French society during a turbulent period for the French nation.

Keywords:   French humour, Charlie Hebdo, Stand-up comedy, Limits of humour, Stereotypes

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