“Vivi Pericolosamente”: Christie Davies, Italians and dangerous things

Delia Chiaro


This essay provides a brief overview of English jokes targeting Italians, and  sets out to show how internet memes are a progression of traditional jokes in which Italians are the butts but with a modern twist.


Italian jokes; Jokes about Italians; Memes; Internet humour

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7592/EJHR2017.5.4.chiaro


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