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Ancient Laughter, Modern Bewilderment January 28, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Ancient Laughter, Modern Bewilderment

Humour, it is sometimes said, is the most socially dependent aspect of literature. The gags that set William Shakespeare’s audience laughing now, very often, leave us shivering cold. Sometimes the generational shift is there under our eyes: the jokes in 1930s movies, Will Hay for example, appear fabulous to Beach but leave his students giving […]

Obscene Riddles from the Book of Exeter February 3, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Obscene Riddles from the Book of Exeter

Beachcombing has been driven to the edge of sanity by term papers and 90 plus students this semester. So he tried to relax earlier today with a collection of Anglo-Saxon riddles from the Book of Exeter – a ‘treasure’ that was used as a beer coaster for much of its history (another day, another post). How long it […]