Session210
TitleRoll Up, Roll Up!: Laugh Until You Cry at the Medieval Fun Fair
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorGraduate Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Reading
 
OrganiserSara I. James, Independent Scholar, Oxford
 
Moderator/ChairSara I. James, Independent Scholar, Oxford
 
Paper 210-a Superhuman Strength and Exceptional Secrecy in the Anglo-Norman Versions of the Legend of Samson
(Language: English)
Catherine E. Léglu, Département des Humanités, Université du Luxembourg
Index Terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Music
Paper 210-b Privies, Privates, and Domestic Animals: Monstrous Sexuality in the Burgundian Cent Nouvelles Nouvelles
(Language: English)
Catherine Emerson, Department of French, National University of Ireland, Galway
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Mentalities; Sexuality
Paper 210-c 'That Joke Isn't Funny Any More' (The Smiths): On Charlot le juif and the End(s) of Comedy
(Language: English)
James R. Simpson, School of Modern Languages & Cultures (French), University of Glasgow
Index Terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan
 
AbstractIn this session, four brief, lively papers will run the gamut from horrific to hilarious. Diverse, distinct medieval texts foreground the era's ability to draw out the unsettling implications latent in the comic and creepy, the serious and the silly. Exploring the cultural tensions betrayed by incongruity, impropriety, and exaggeration, contributions to the session will cast light on the reflective and expressive possibilities revealed in literary figurations of difference and alterity.