Filth, Fornication, and Four-Letter Words (Seminar, 19th February)

Fetchez la vache! Medieval French had many more diverse curses than Monty Python represented. Everyone is welcome to this seminar in which Dr Daron Burrows (University of Oxford) will explore ‘Obscenity in the French of Medieval Britain’. The seminar starts on 19th February at 18.00, in Elvet Riverside 141.

Dr Daron Burrows is Associate Professor in Medieval French, Fellow of St Peter’s College. His early research focussed particularly on comic and satirical literature, as exemplified by my books The Stereotype of the Priest in the Old French Fabliauxand Two Old French Satires on the Power of the Keys. Over time, he has become increasingly interested in traditional philology, in particular text editing and manuscript studies, and in Anglo-Norman language and literature, as reflected by my editions of the Vie de seint Clement and The Abingdon Apocalypse. He attaches particular importance to the study of less well-known or marginal texts, as a result of which his research has dealt with a diverse range of subjects including hagiography, Coronation orders, dance steps, and genital anthropomorphism.

This seminar forms part of the series Mothertongues: Gender, Ideology and the Vernacular Languages in Medieval Culture.

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