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On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages (New Middle Ages) (edició 2006)

de Valerie Allen

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This book presents waste as an aesthetic category that introduces an arsy-versy world where detritus is precious."Fascinating and witty...the strength of On Farting is its playful and evocative treatment of a number of scatological authors and episodes" - Times Higher Education Supplement "Funny and intellectually rewarding." - English Studies "If a book on farting may be called so, it is elegant and erudite." - Marginalia "Allen has written the secret history of waste from the Ancient to the early modern world, and - dare I say it? - the hidden history of humankind's relation to the anus. On Farting, in the line of Norbert Elias's Civilizing Process or Erik Erikson's Young Man Luther, begins small and spreads like wind to almost every area of personal, social, and even spiritual life in what is a truly original and significant work of cultural analysis. This is a book with a huge sweep - from the folklore of the fart, to popular and canonical literary works, to the upper reaches of Aristotle and Dante. Allen writes with such a combination of wit, imagination, and erudition that scholars will wonder, 'Why didn't I think of that?' and the more general reader will be drawn towards a vision of the past that is lively, courageous, and profound." - R. Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French, Yale University "Allen takes the fart seriously, refusing to see it either as a marker of abjection or as mere rudeness but also managing to tread the fine line between the portentous and the jeu d'esprit. The book is witty and learned: a tour de force of scholarship and cultural history. The tone is perfectly judged. Allen argues for the fart as a threshold between nature and culture, audible and smellable, and therefore material and bodily, but also roguishly invisible: a challenge to the primarily visual emphasis of contemporary culture. Allen's book savours the power of the fart to call in question not only the canons of good taste but bad taste too, transmuting the whiffy and ineffable into the fresh and audible." - Ruth Evans, Professor of English, University of Stirling, Scotland. "Gifted with a prodigious vocabulary, Allen is equally gifted with an expository style at once pristinely rigorous and utterly reader-friendly. The key is its generosity, what the ancients and medievals would have understood as its liberality or largesse. She writes with such largesse: of information, clarification, good sense, sweet humor, and abiding sympathy with what it means to be human - unfailingly and unstintingly magnanimous. Her years of reading in an unexpectedly vast array of medieval and early modern materials that show an endless fascination with understanding the bowels of humanity has provided her with a body of evidence that, like the body they and she write about, is full of an afflatus that careers deliriously and deliciously between oracular inspiration and fundamental analysis - when you read this book, I promise you, you are going to see some amazing shit." - R. Allen Shoaf, author of Chaucer's Body, co-founding editor of EXEMPLARIA.… (més)
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Títol:On Farting: Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages (New Middle Ages)
Autors:Valerie Allen
Informació:Palgrave Macmillan (2006), Utgave: 1st, Hardcover, 256 pages
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"So encompassing an animate presence has air that we find ourselves never alone, even though no one else is around. In a world where we guard jealously our personal space from invasions by other bodies, pongs, and sneezed microbes, this companionable air attends us continually, sustains us in breath, and makes a community of one. Creaturely in itself, the air rearranges subject/object relations as a continuum, and causes our selfhood to expand and contract with the elements" (37).

"Galen's description of bodily waste as an 'alien load' demonstrates how even before one's shit and farts put into question the relation between self and one's neighbor, they have already rendered one's own bodily product a stranger, already changed identity into difference and made an object out of a subject" (46).

"Continuous and without boundary, odor throws into disarray the lines of space and decorum between selfhood and otherness, lines that seem self-evident and indisputable to eyes that can see only two separate bodies" (43)

A rebuke to Charlotte Allen's infamous scorn for the interest in scatology at the 2008 Kzoo, a rebuke to the refusal of laughter (which Allen "reinscribe[s] ... at the center of an epistemological relationship with the world that allows neither any safe distance between subject and object nor the collapse of distances between them" (5)), Valerie Allen's expansive, capacious, frequently hilarious study shows what we can do with a fart. The quotations above should at least hint at what V. Allen offers phenomenologically minded thinkers. Touching (like Mr Hanky: begin at 8m please) on everything, Allen concentrates, naturally, on the Miller's, Summoner's, and Canon Yeoman's Tale, on Malaconda's butttrumpet, on Rabelais, but she also works through land tenure records, fabliaux and farces (of course), chronicle, political treatises, doctrinal anthologies, and the sound transformation rules by which we realize the link between the French pet and the English fart, which perhaps even takes us back to the Latin patior, whose deponent status reminds us, at least in this context, of nothing so much as the English "to smell," which is at once active (I smell something) and passive (I smell of something).

I would have liked to have seen more attention to medieval sensory science, where seeing is a form of touching and of being touched, and I would have liked to have seen more attention to the erotics of the anus, but, with such loving attention to La Farce du Pet, to Roland, who paid for his land tenure with a simultaneous whistle, jump, and fart, and to teasing out farts in so many places--earthquakes, erections, and tragic recognition (which is a kind of explosion of the self)--to complain strikes me as asking to be overfed. ( )
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This book presents waste as an aesthetic category that introduces an arsy-versy world where detritus is precious."Fascinating and witty...the strength of On Farting is its playful and evocative treatment of a number of scatological authors and episodes" - Times Higher Education Supplement "Funny and intellectually rewarding." - English Studies "If a book on farting may be called so, it is elegant and erudite." - Marginalia "Allen has written the secret history of waste from the Ancient to the early modern world, and - dare I say it? - the hidden history of humankind's relation to the anus. On Farting, in the line of Norbert Elias's Civilizing Process or Erik Erikson's Young Man Luther, begins small and spreads like wind to almost every area of personal, social, and even spiritual life in what is a truly original and significant work of cultural analysis. This is a book with a huge sweep - from the folklore of the fart, to popular and canonical literary works, to the upper reaches of Aristotle and Dante. Allen writes with such a combination of wit, imagination, and erudition that scholars will wonder, 'Why didn't I think of that?' and the more general reader will be drawn towards a vision of the past that is lively, courageous, and profound." - R. Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French, Yale University "Allen takes the fart seriously, refusing to see it either as a marker of abjection or as mere rudeness but also managing to tread the fine line between the portentous and the jeu d'esprit. The book is witty and learned: a tour de force of scholarship and cultural history. The tone is perfectly judged. Allen argues for the fart as a threshold between nature and culture, audible and smellable, and therefore material and bodily, but also roguishly invisible: a challenge to the primarily visual emphasis of contemporary culture. Allen's book savours the power of the fart to call in question not only the canons of good taste but bad taste too, transmuting the whiffy and ineffable into the fresh and audible." - Ruth Evans, Professor of English, University of Stirling, Scotland. "Gifted with a prodigious vocabulary, Allen is equally gifted with an expository style at once pristinely rigorous and utterly reader-friendly. The key is its generosity, what the ancients and medievals would have understood as its liberality or largesse. She writes with such largesse: of information, clarification, good sense, sweet humor, and abiding sympathy with what it means to be human - unfailingly and unstintingly magnanimous. Her years of reading in an unexpectedly vast array of medieval and early modern materials that show an endless fascination with understanding the bowels of humanity has provided her with a body of evidence that, like the body they and she write about, is full of an afflatus that careers deliriously and deliciously between oracular inspiration and fundamental analysis - when you read this book, I promise you, you are going to see some amazing shit." - R. Allen Shoaf, author of Chaucer's Body, co-founding editor of EXEMPLARIA.

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