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Illicit speech, unsayable bodies, and eighteenth-century medievalism: "Nocrion: conte allobroge"

Leglu, C. (2019) Illicit speech, unsayable bodies, and eighteenth-century medievalism: "Nocrion: conte allobroge". Forum for Modern Language Studies, 55 (2). pp. 171-186. ISSN 1471-6860

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The scabrous eighteenth-century 'conte'"Nocrion" adapts an Old French fabliau to explore the unsayable and the feminine body via a series of distancing devices: antiquarianism, euphemism, and other languages. This article highlights the fidelity shown by one of its presumed authors (the Comte de Caylus) to the medieval sources, with reference to another, similar, work, "Les Manteaux". Adapting comic medieval sources is a means of exploring the nascent concerns of philology.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS)
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > Languages and Cultures > French
ID Code:75315
Publisher:Oxford University Press


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