What made medieval people laugh? To find out, Lucie Laumonier talks with Bryant White, a PhD student in French studies at Vanderbilt University. Bryant’s research focuses on medieval satire and parody where he analyses representations of the clergy.
Bryant has three book recommendations:
Bakhtin, Mikhail. Rabelais and His World (Indiana University Press, 1984)
Arden, Heather. Fools’ Plays: A Study of Satire in the Sottie (Cambridge University Press, 1980)
Bayless, Martha. Parody in the Middle Ages: The Latin Tradition (University of Michigan Press, 1996)
See also: Medieval Jokes
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Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her Academia.edu page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on Medievalists.net, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.
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The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle
Top Image: Laughing Boy, marble by Desiderio da Settignano. Florence, circa 1460. Now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Photo by Vassil / Wikimedia Commons