Projects

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Featured project

Gossip and Nonsense: 
Excessive Language in Renaissance France

Gossip and nonsense have a particular power in the historical context of Renaissance France because they mark the point where the contemporary style of linguistic excess, seen in abundant lists, fulsome praise, and overflowing rhetoric, seems to go too far, in terms of either morality or meaning or both. Indeed, the great Dutch humanist Erasmus, whose guidebooks on how to write copiously were enormously influential throughout Europe, was also one of the foremost theorists of the dangers of an unbridled tongue.

This project, funded by an AHRC research grant award, explores the uses of gossip and nonsense in literature during the French Renaissance.

Gossip and Nonsense project page

Gossip and Nonsense blog

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