Obscenity: Social Control and Artistic Creation in the European Middle Ages

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Jan M. Ziolkowski
BRILL, 1998 - History - 359 pages
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This volume contains nearly twenty essays on obscenity in medieval culture. These essays represent the most wide-ranging attempt ever to probe the natures, origins, and consequences of obscenity in medieval literature, art, theater, and law. Although a core is devoted to obscenity in medieval French literature (where the fabliaux have elicited more previous attempts to come to terms with obscenity than has any other type of medieval literature), other contributions to the volume explore manifestations of obscenity in cultures and languages of Scandinavia, Germany, Ireland, Wales, Byzantium, and even western Slavdom. The book is divided into six different sections: Introducing Obscenity; The Rhetoric of Obscenity; Visualizing Obscenity; Performing Obscenity; Legal Obscenity; and Courting Obscenity in Old French.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Poetic Language and the Obscene
19
Obscenity in the Latin Grammatical and Rhetorical Tradi
41
Erotica and Satire in Medieval Welsh Poetry
60
Vetularity and Vernacu
73
Spanish Cazurro Poetry
90
Textual Harassment
108
Censorship in Medieval Illumi
139
Exclusion Obscenity and Social Control
214
Medieval Sexuality in Word and Deed
233
Behavioral Obscenity in Canon
246
The Byzantine Canon
260
The Fabliaux Courtly Culture and the ReInvention
281
Getting to the Bottom of St Caquettes Cult
308
On Lady Reason Jean de Meun
319
Obscenity and Hagiography in Three Anonymous Sermons
332

Images that Shock and Offend
155
Obscenity Exposed in Early
176
Carnival Obscenities in German Towns
193

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Jan M. Ziolkowski, Ph.D. (1982) in Medieval Latin, University of Cambridge, is Professor of Medieval Latin and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He has published extensively on the Latin Middle Ages, from editions and translations to books on intellectual history and literary history.

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