The Scandal of the Fabliaux
By showing how the medieval poet's obsession with the outrageous, the low, and the lewd was intimately bound to poetry, Bloch forces a revision of traditional approaches to Old French literature. His final chapter, on castration anxiety, fetishism, and the comic, links the fabliaux with the development of modern notions of the self and makes a case for the medieval roots of our own sense of humor.
1. The Ill-Fitting Coat of the Fabliaux
2. The Body and Its Parts
Conclusion: The Fabliaux, Fetishism, and the Joke
List of Abbreviations