Laughing Matters, Comic Tradition in India

  title={Laughing Matters, Comic Tradition in India},
  author={Stuart H. Blackburn and Lee Siegel},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
"How can anyone laugh who knows of old age, disease, and death?" Buddhacarita This question, so solemnly posed by the young Buddha, first led Lee Siegel to examine the hitherto unexplored realm of Indian comedy. "Laughing Matters" is Siegel's account of two intersecting journeys: a search for comic traditions created and preserved in Sanskrit literature and a journey through modern India in quest of a laughter that persists across time and culture. Hearing a boisterous and bawdy voice from… 

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