Jody Enders, Ed. and Trans.: The Farce of the Fart and Other Ribaldries: Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English

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Jody Enders, Ed. and Trans.: The Farce of the Fart and Other Ribaldries: Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English


Jody Enders, ed. and trans. The Farce of the Fart and Other Ribaldries: Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011. Pp. xv + 477. $49.95.

This volume begins with "on abbreviations, short titles, notes, and bibliography" (ix-x), a preface (xi-xv), an introduction (1-32), notes about this translation (33-54), brief plot summaries (55-62), and a brief actor's prologue (63-64). The primary text includes the following plays: The Farce of the Fart [Farce nouvelle et fort joyeuse du Pect] (65-85); The Edict of Noee, or, Shut Up! It's the Farce of the Rights of Women [Farce des Drois de la Porte Bodes] (86-106); Confession Lessons, or, The Farce of the Lusty Husband Who Makes His Confession to a Woman, His Neighbor, Who Is Disguised as a Priest [Farce de celuy qui se confesse a sa voisine] (107-43); The Farce of the Student Who Failed His Priest Exam because He Didn't Know Who Was Buried in Grant's Tomb [Farce du Clerc qui fut refuse it estre prestre] (144-58); Blind Man's Bluff, or, The Farce of "The Chokester" [Farce du Goguelu] (159-93); Playing Doctor, or, Taking the Plunge (The Farce of the Woman Whose Neighbor Gives Her an Enema) [Farce d'une Femme h qui son Voisin baille ung clistoire] (194-218); At Cross Purposes, or, The Farce of the Three Lovers of the Cross [Farce de trois Amoureux de la Croix] (219-51); Shit for Brains, or, The Party Pooper-Scooper [Farce de Tarabin-Tarabas] (252-78); Monk-ey Business, or, A Marvelous New Farce for Four Actors, to Wit, the Cobbler, the Monk, the Wife, and the Gatekeeper [Le Savetier, le Moyne, la Femme, et le Portier] (279-310); Getting Off on the Wrong Foot, or, Who's Minding the Whore? …

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