Humor in British Literature, from the Middle Ages to the Restoration: A Reference Guide

Synopsis

Humor began in British literature during the Middle Ages, when Chaucer developed the storytelling tradition along with the ironies that resulted from the juxtaposition of people from different classes and points of view. This book overviews scholarship on humor in British literature from its medieval origins through the seventeenth century. Chapters are devoted to particular centuries, with authors listed individually within each chapter. Each entry discusses the role of humor in the author's work and includes a bibliography.