Gossip and Nonsense:
Excessive Language in Renaissance France

Objectives

This project, managed by Dr Hugh Roberts (University of Exeter) and Dr Emily Butterworth (King’s College London), will study gossip and nonsense as twin aspects of a culture of excessive language in Renaissance France. We plan to make our research known through 2 books (a monograph on gossip authored by Butterworth and another on nonsense by Roberts), a PhD thesis, an interdisciplinary symposium and workshop involving an international group of researchers and leading to a special issue of a journal, panels at 2 conferences, this website, 2 refereed articles, and artwork produced by Dom Hills and Clare Qualmann in collaboration with the project team.