Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 August 2012

304 Pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9780719087943

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Between two stools

Scatology and its representations in English literature, Chaucer to Swift

Peter J. Smith

Published by Manchester University Press

  • A witty but serious investigation of the scatological element in English literature from the middle ages to the eighteenth century
  • Looks at the most well known of texts, from Chaucer to Swift, Shakespeare to Jonson
  • Recognises that the subject is still seen as something that is not fit for study, but reveals just how it has been neglected throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • There is a definite split in literature's representation of the cloacal jape - Smith locates this shift in sensibility in the crisis of the English Civil War and the aftermath of the Restoration
  • Unique and penetrative