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South American Literature, Humor in

Addressing humor in South America, specifically in Latin American literature, involves a web of possibilities and three major considerations: ( 1) infiltration in all literary genres, including some resurrected from ancient times and those created by their authors; (2) unpredictable apparitions, be they in works that handle humor as an incidental aesthetical resource mingled with other resources, or in works that are preeminently humorous; and (3) manifestation in different kinds, be it as function of satirizing vices, defects, and abuse of power and the neocolonial attitudes in societies of Latin American nations; or as what Ramón Gómez de la Serna called humorismo, namely, a humor that is not strictly ideological but ludic, whether in an intellectual or a popular vein. This entry discusses humor in ...

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