Between two stools: Scatology and its representations in by Peter J. Smith PDF

By Peter J. Smith

ISBN-10: 0719087945

ISBN-13: 9780719087943

ISBN-10: 0719097614

ISBN-13: 9780719097614

among stools investigates the illustration of scatology - funny, carnivalesque, satirical, damning and another way - in English literature from the center a while to the eighteenth century. whereas a few fresh guides have tried to examine the employment of scatology in literature, tradition or the humanities, they continue to be, thus far, infrequent examples of a preparedness to debate such fabric. This learn is the 1st to think about the subject over one of these lengthy historic interval, permitting a radical and unique exploration of its foundations and traditions.

Smith contends that the 'two stools' stand for 2 greatly specified attitudes in the direction of scatology. the 1st is a carnivalesque, merry, even hearty disposition, typified via the writings of Chaucer and Shakespeare. the second one is self-disgust, an angle characterized by way of withering misanthropy and hypochondria. He locates this shift in sensibility within the hindrance of the English Civil struggle and the aftermath of the recovery. Smith demonstrates how the combo of low and high cultures manifests the potential to run canonical and carnivalesque jointly in order that sanctioned and civilised artefacts and scatological humour often co-exist within the works less than dialogue, facts of an previous culture's flair (now misplaced) to occupy a place among stools.

Of curiosity to cultural and literary historians, this ground-breaking examine testifies to the arriving of scatology as an instructional topic, even as recognising that it is still if now not outdoors, then at the least on the margins of traditional scholarship.

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