Session Title

"I said of laughter, 'It is folly'": Humor and Laughter in Medieval Literature, Art, and Thought II

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Kleio Pethainou

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Edinburgh

Presider Name

Kleio Pethainou

Paper Title 1

They "Laჳed... Þoჳ þey Lost": On Laughter in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Presenter 1 Name

Jennifer A. Fast

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Dallas

Paper Title 2

Dogging on Class? "The Hunting of the Hare"

Presenter 2 Name

Emily Rebekah Huber

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Franklin & Marshall College

Paper Title 3

"Now let us speke of myrthe": Serious Humor in the Nun's Priest's Tale

Presenter 3 Name

Esther Moon

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Dallas

Start Date

7-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 208

Description

This session explores humour in the Middle Ages, and the ways it was expressed in literature, art and thought.

Simultaneously transgressive and socially specific, humour challenges and defines boundaries at the same time. It can be a relief mechanism and an instrument of control and propaganda, and it can contribute to the ways societies and individuals define themselves.

This session discusses expressions and functions of humour in Chaucer a balancing, integrative force for human wholeness. It presents an example of social comedy through the parody of hunting, and it addresses the role of Laughter in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Kleio Pethainou

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May 7th, 3:30 PM

"I said of laughter, 'It is folly'": Humor and Laughter in Medieval Literature, Art, and Thought II

Bernhard 208

This session explores humour in the Middle Ages, and the ways it was expressed in literature, art and thought.

Simultaneously transgressive and socially specific, humour challenges and defines boundaries at the same time. It can be a relief mechanism and an instrument of control and propaganda, and it can contribute to the ways societies and individuals define themselves.

This session discusses expressions and functions of humour in Chaucer a balancing, integrative force for human wholeness. It presents an example of social comedy through the parody of hunting, and it addresses the role of Laughter in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Kleio Pethainou