Castigar a rir. O humor na imprensa periódica em Portugal (1797-1835)

Translated title of the contribution: Correcting by laughter. : Humor in Portuguese periodical press (1797-1835)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis


The purpose of this thesis is to explore the impact of humorous processes on the emergence of modern Portugal, from the onset of the systematic use of those processes in the periodical press, from the publication of Almocreve de Petas (1797-1800) to the issue of O Quinquilheiro in 1835, shortly after the Portuguese civil war. Humor in the periodical press is analyzed from an interdisciplinary perspective and its targets are identified in their political, social and cultural contexts. The nuanced approach allows showing the role of humor in the crystallization and integration of the otherness of its targets – as a phenomenon of the new and the different becomes a butt of a joke its otherness is being acknowledged, thus making the discovery of alterity in the diversity possible. Amongst other aspects under study is the role of humor in the building of public opinion and in the insertion of Portugal in the Western European cultural crossroads. Concurrently, the role of reading and publishing in the global processes of affirmation of written culture and the circulation of periodicals in the European and Transatlantic space are explored. The research also looks into the boundaries of humor and the fine lines between the licit and the illicit, truth and falsehood, serious and risible, as well as oral and written humor forms. Finally, the work is intended to discern the place of humor in the development of printed communication in Portugal during the transition from Absolutism to the Liberal state and to grasp the social and political contradictions of humor in that period.
Translated title of the contributionCorrecting by laughter. : Humor in Portuguese periodical press (1797-1835)
Original languagePortuguese
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Lisboa, João Luís, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date21 May 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • History of ideas
  • Cultural history
  • Periodical press
  • Humor studies
  • Public opinion
  • Eighteenth to nineteenth centuries


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