Medieval LOLs: Chaucer's 'Miller's Tale'

Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley

Were the Middle Ages funny? Irina Dumitrescu and Mary Wellesley begin their Close Readings series in quest of the medieval sense of humour with Chaucer’s 'Miller’s Tale', a story that is surely still (almost) as funny as when it was written six hundred years ago. But who is the real butt of the joke? Mary and Irina look in detail at the mechanics of the plot and its needless but pleasurable complexity, and consider the social significance of clothes and pubic hair in the tale.

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