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Women and Laughter in Medieval Comic Literature by Lisa Perfetti

Women and Laughter in Medieval Comic Literature


Women and Laughter in Medieval Comic Literature by Lisa Perfetti

We read in many analyses of medieval literature how male authors emplyed various types of women to explore and air their own anxieties and fears about women and other worldly things. This study looks at the role played by the witty comic heroine and what this tells us about what women laughed at, their position within society and how they were treated and perceived by men. Collating evidence from a range of literary, religious, didactic and philosophical works, written between the 13th and 16th century in English, French, Italian, German and Arabic, Perfetti assesses the nature and function of women's laughter from a literary-feminist perspective.

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Publication date

31st July 2003


Lisa Perfetti

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The University of Michigan Press


224 pages


Literary studies: classical, early & medieval



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