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The Language of Sex
in Renaissance Humour

The Theory and Practice of Euphemism
in Courtly, Medical, and Theatrical Texts
from France and England (c. 1512-1659)

by Anna Blaen

A major academic study of how the language of sex, euphemism, and the body is used in Renaissance texts from France and England (c.1512-1659). Three main types of comedic texts are explored in depth: from the Elizabethan, Jacobean, and French courts, medical treatises, and theatre from contemporaries of Shakespeare. Surprising findings are revealed regarding how the taboo was approached across nations and genres, drawing upon ancient, early modern, and modern theory. Original French extracts are included alongside English translations. Scholars and students will find insight into gender, sexuality, humour, linguistics, medicine, drama, power, and social status. The Renaissance period is brought to life through its attitude to speaking the unspeakable.

Specification: 239 pp., 15 x 23 cm.

ISBN: 978-0-9566119-7-0
£50.00 (inc. p&p)


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