Humour in Medieval and Early Modern France (MLF2048)

15 credits

This module aims to introduce you to the Middle Ages and Renaissance in France and to some of their major authors and texts through a consideration of humour in these periods. We focus in particular on how authors use humour as a tool to challenge and subvert the dominant intellectual, religious, social and literary norms of their day. This subversive use of the written word is common to every literate age, and provides students with fascinating insights into the origins of modern culture. The texts selected for study are examples of different categories of humour including farce, burlesque, parody, satire, and irony.