On Farting

Language and Laughter in the Middle Ages

  • Authors
  • ValerieĀ Allen

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Valerie Allen
    Pages 1-8
  3. Valerie Allen
    Pages 9-114
  4. Valerie Allen
    Pages 115-162
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 183-245

About this book


This book presents waste as an aesthetic category that introduces an arsy-versy world where detritus is precious. This aesthetic is applied in the second part to etymology, poking through the 'paternal dungheaps' of words, and tracing their origins not to Eden but to Babel, puns, and word play.


death etymology flat grammar knowledge logic Middle Ages music nature play

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2007
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-0-230-10039-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-10906-3
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