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Mit lachendem Gesicht: en face le pire jusqu'à ce qu'il fasse rire 

Back to issue: ZMK Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 0/2009: Angst
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The varied reception history of Victor Hugo's novel L'Homme qui rit (1869) is outlined in the context of exemplary historicisations of the "laughing face"-character. This reconstruction deals with the interplay of aesthetics and passion, on the one hand, and with the effects of intermedia encounters of literature, photography and film, on the other. Not only the traditional naturalisation of medieval penalty practices (by defacing) is investigated, but also the modern media history of celebrities.