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Karlijn Luk, The Politics of Moffenkluchten: Humour strategies in the imaging of German immigrants in early modern Dutch Farces
29 November, 2018 @ 1:05 pm - 1:50 pm
During the early modern period, the Dutch Republic, and Amsterdam in particular, was a hub of all sorts of migrants. Among them was a significant group of German immigrants that became the object of ridicule in a highly popular subgenre of early modern Dutch Farce: The Moffenklucht. The continuous mocking and stereotyping of German immigrants in this collection of comic plays has thus far been framed as innocent entertainment and a form of comic relief. Using recent theories from the field of humour studies in a comparative analysis of the comic strategies used in a selection of these Moffenkluchten, I argue that the humour in these plays can instead be seen as very political.
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