Features Podcast

Laughter, Satire and Medieval Parody

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.

You can learn more about Bryant White’s research from his university webpage or on


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 page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

If you are interested in being a guest of the podcast, you can email Lucie at medieval.l[email protected].

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



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