The Social and Historical Effects of Laughter in Revolutionary Ireland: The Case of Our Boys

  • Elena Ogliari Universit√† degli Studi di Milano - Fondazione Fratelli Confalonieri
Keywords: Our Boys, laughter, Christian Brothers, Christian doctrine, nationalism, Ireland

Abstract

This article examines the social and historical effects of laughter as stimulated by and depicted in Our Boys in the crucial years leading up to the Anglo-Irish War. Our Boys was a juvenile periodical edited by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, who aimed to teach Irish youth how to behave and articulate their interests within the terms of reference established by nationalist, Catholic discourse. Laughter was provoked and represented in Our Boys with this objective in mind and thus came to possess a formative and ideological dimension. The investigation focuses on how laughter in the periodical constructed both ideologies and subjectivities.

Author Biography

Elena Ogliari, Università degli Studi di Milano - Fondazione Fratelli Confalonieri

Elena Ogliari holds a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Milan, where she still pursues research interests in Irish print culture of the early twentieth century. In 2020, she was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the Fondazione Fratelli Confalonieri, and she is now working on a project on the popular responses to the Great War and the Irish War of Independence in the media for young people.

Published
2021-08-18
How to Cite
Ogliari, E. (2021). The Social and Historical Effects of Laughter in Revolutionary Ireland: The Case of Our Boys. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 13(1), 114-137. Retrieved from http://jeunessejournal.ca/index.php/yptc/article/view/589
Section
Articles for Special Issue on Laughter