Happy endings

The most common distinction between comedy and tragedy is that the former has a happy ending, while the latter does not. All's well that ends well, but not every happy ending is happy. It is, I submit, a question of perspective. A happy ending is always happy when seen from the point of view of... Continue Reading →

A medieval ‘knock-knock’ joke

The meta-literary mock legend of St Nemo is the result of one of the more sophisticated linguistic jokes in the medieval period. The Latin indefinite pronoun┬ánemo means 'no one' and is found, naturally, in many medieval texts. In the Bible, we are told that 'no one is accepted as a prophet in his own country'... Continue Reading →

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