Comic Provocations: Exposing the Corpus of Old French Fabliaux

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This interdisciplinary collection explores the ability of Old French fabliaux to disrupt the literal and figurative bodies with which they come into contact. Essays in this volume address theoretical issues including fragmentation and multiplication, social anxiety and excessive circulation, performative productions and creative formations, to trace the competing consequences that result from this literary body's unsettling capacity. Resisting the impulse to see the fabliaux as either liberatory or restrictive, ...

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Overview

This interdisciplinary collection explores the ability of Old French fabliaux to disrupt the literal and figurative bodies with which they come into contact. Essays in this volume address theoretical issues including fragmentation and multiplication, social anxiety and excessive circulation, performative productions and creative formations, to trace the competing consequences that result from this literary body's unsettling capacity. Resisting the impulse to see the fabliaux as either liberatory or restrictive, comic or satiric, didactic or immoral, contributors assess the ways in which Old French fabliaux expose bodily relations that elude binary classifications. As a gathering of scholars in French, English, and History, this volume suggests that the Old French fabliaux form a corpus that is provocative across medieval studies.

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"Comic Provocations provides new readings of an ever-popular genre, combining scholarly rigor with provocatively enjoyable prose that at times rivals the fabliaux themselves. Accessible to fabliaux readers at all levels, these essays are particularly helpful for rethinking the genre in terms of the bodies they describe. A welcome addition to fabliaux studies."—Lynn Ramey, Associate Professor of French, Vanderbilt University
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Holly A. Crocker is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. Her articles appear in Chaucer Review, Shakespeare Quarterly, Medieval Feminist Forum, and a number of edited collections. Her book, Chaucer's Visions of Manhood, is also being published by Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Provicative Body of the Old French Fabliaux—
Holly A. Crocket
Part I: Fragmentation and Multiplication * "Castration and Literalism in the Old French Fabliaux—Judith Tschann
• The Comic Uses of Toture and Violence in the Fabliaux: When Comedy Crosses the Line—Larissa Tracy
• Conjuring up Body Parts in 'Les Quatre Souhais Saint-Martin— Susanne Hafner
• Corpus [sic] Christi: Scatology in the Old French Fabliux— Sheila J. Nayar
Part II: Social Anxiety and Excessive Circulation
• 'Their god is in the Belly': Old Women, Sexual Knowledge, and the Information Economy in the Old French Fabliaux— Nicole Nolan
• Mobility and Values: the case of the Fabliaux— Kiril Petkov
• Undressing the Fabliaux: The Relationship of Class Tension and Sumptuary Discourse—Mary Leech
• Conflicting Economies in BN Ms. Fr. 837: 'Du Bouchier d'Abbeville' and 'Du Denier et de la Brebis—Christian Sheridan
Part III: Playing Languages
• Putting the Horses out to Pasture: Language Creation in 'La Damoisele qui n'oit parler de fotre qui n' aust mal au cuer'—Dorothy Schrader
• Sex, Lies, and Language Games: Manly Desire and 'L' Escuiruel'—Holly A. Hunter
Part IV: Creative Formations in Genre and Translation * Creative Choices: Notes on Translating Old French Fabliaux—Nathaniel E. Dubin
• The Nature of the Fabliaux Genre and how it is Transgressed in 'Le Chevalier a la Robe Vermeille'— Jean E. Jost
Part V: Alter-lives of Fabliaux Humor
• Be Careful What You Wish For: Folkloric Caution in 'Les Quatre Souhais Saint-Martin—Ellen L. Friedrich
• Posterity of the Fabliaux: Vaudeville and Proust—Sam W. Bloom
• Of Roots and Rabbits: The Monk's Fabliaux Sex-Talk in Chaucer's 'Shipman's Tale—Peter G. Beidler

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