Court and Humour in the French Renaissance

Essays in Honour of Professor Pauline Smith

by Sarah Alyn Stacey (Volume editor)
©2009 Others 272 Pages


This collection of essays by thirteen renowned specialists in the fields of French Renaissance literature and history is a fitting tribute to the scholarship of Pauline Smith, Emeritus Professor in French at the University of Hull and Research Associate of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. The essays, which focus on areas of research to which Professor Smith has herself given – and continues to give – particular attention, are organised into two frequently converging strands: court and humour. The contributors engage with political and cultural issues at the heart of the construction and aesthetic expression of the French Renaissance, whilst also offering insights into the broader European context. The collection as a whole challenges and revises a number of established views and identifies paths for future research.


ISBN (Softcover)
French court History French humour Medieval studies
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2009. 272 pp.

Biographical notes

Sarah Alyn Stacey (Volume editor)

The Editor: Sarah Alyn Stacey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of French at Trinity College, Dublin. She is also Director of the university’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. In recognition of her research, she was appointed to a Fellowship of the College in 2004 and was also awarded associate membership of the Académie de Savoie. She is a long-standing member of the Council of the Society for Renaissance Studies and for ten years held the post of Associate Editor of the Journal of Renaissance Studies. Her books include a critical edition of Marc-Claude de Buttet’s Amalthée (2003) and Marc-Claude de Buttet (1529/31-1586) (2006). She has also published on the seventeenth-century poet Saint-Amant and contemporary French women’s writing.


Title: Court and Humour in the French Renaissance