Session Title

The Canon Walks into a Bar: Humor in Medieval Iberian Literature

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Ibero-Medieval Association of North America (IMANA)

Organizer Name

Paul E. Larson

Organizer Affiliation

Baylor Univ.

Presider Name

Carlos Hawley

Presider Affiliation

North Dakota State Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Cruciform Comedy of Hrabanus Maurus's Cena nuptialis

Presenter 1 Name

Gabriel Torreta OP

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 2

Dead Horses, Turnips, and Outright Lies: A Study of the Fantastically Humorous Adventures of the Caballero Zifar

Presenter 2 Name

Francis J. Turco

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Temple Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Joke is on You: Delirious Laughter and the Truth about Desire in the Libro de buen amor

Presenter 3 Name

Loreto Romero

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Virginia

Start Date

8-5-2020 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1060

Description

Making learning fun (and funny) is hardly new: it has a deep history, often expressed as docere delectando or delectare et docere. How do "serious" canonical works of the Iberian Middle Ages delight while they teach? How can a text be serious and funny all at the same time? This panel shifts attention to the hybridity of canonical texts in deploying low humor, often scabrous, for high purposes. This panel seeks papers on texts in any Iberian language(s) and their use of humor, to put them into dialogue across Iberian textual and scholarly traditions. Paul Larson

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May 8th, 1:30 PM

The Canon Walks into a Bar: Humor in Medieval Iberian Literature

Fetzer 1060

Making learning fun (and funny) is hardly new: it has a deep history, often expressed as docere delectando or delectare et docere. How do "serious" canonical works of the Iberian Middle Ages delight while they teach? How can a text be serious and funny all at the same time? This panel shifts attention to the hybridity of canonical texts in deploying low humor, often scabrous, for high purposes. This panel seeks papers on texts in any Iberian language(s) and their use of humor, to put them into dialogue across Iberian textual and scholarly traditions. Paul Larson