IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 523: Culture of Laughter in the Middle Ages: Pleasant, Funny, and Curious Moments and Figures in Medieval Culture

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Organiser:Ursula Bieber, Fachbereich Slawistik / Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Siegrid Schmidt, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Paper 523-aThe 'Laughing World' of Ancient Rus': Feelings of Pleasure and Joy
(Language: English)
Ursula Bieber, Fachbereich Slawistik / Interdisziplinären Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien (IZMS), Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Daily Life, Folk Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Slavic
Paper 523-bLaughter and Joy behind High Walls: Curiosities and Ludicrous Scenes in Medieval Gardens
(Language: English)
Manuel Schwembacher, Department of German Language & Literature, Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Language and Literature - German
Paper 523-cThe Medical Doctor as a Funny and Curious Figure: From French Fabliau to Eulenspiegel
(Language: English)
Andrea Grafetstätter, Abteilung Deutsche Philologie des Mittelalters, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Mentalities
Abstract

Refering to Michael Bachtin’s Concept of Culture of Laughter this session will present some examples from different cultural spaces in Medieval Europe. The concept ‘Culture of Laughter’ deals mainly with cultural appearances of popular culture. But more over it has a focus on a critical attempt to culture and society – it includes critical manifestations and it uncovers taboos in different areas. All cultural declarations that fit in this concept are characterized by curious figures or things, by funny places and happenings and confusing moments. They all include and present some sort of joy of life and culture, some sort of critic moments but some of those also have a didactic aspect.