IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1320: 'It's either funny or it's not', II: The Boundaries of Humour and Laughter in the Middle Ages

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Trivent Publishing
Organiser:Kleio Pethainou, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Peter J. A. Jones, School of Advanced Studies, University of Tyumen, Russia
Paper 1320-aHumour on the Borders of Texts and Images: The Case of the Rutland Psalter
(Language: English)
Elena Lichmanova, School of History Higher School of Economics Moscow
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1320-bDisciplinary Laughter and Royal Patronage: A Case Study from the Court of Henry III of England
(Language: English)
Kalina Hadzhikova, Department of History Johns Hopkins University
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Social History
Paper 1320-cAn Illuminated Book of Comedies for the Duke of Berry
(Language: English)
Kleio Pethainou, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session explores humour in the Middle Ages, and the ways it was expressed in literature, art, and thought. Simultaneously transgressive and socially specific, humour challenges and defines boundaries at the same time. It can be a relief mechanism and an instrument of control and propaganda, and it can contribute to the ways societies and individuals define themselves. This session explores humour and laughter in the patronage of the Court of Henry III of England, the comic borders of the Rutland Psalter, and the first change in the iconography of the Comedies of Terence since the Carolingian period.