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  • Peter J. Smith, Roger Stritmatter, H. Gaston Hall, Jean-Christophe Mayer, Nick Myers, Jefrey Kahan, R. S. White, Nathalie Rivère de Carles, Nora Galland
  • Cahiers Élisabéthains A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, November 2014, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.7227/ce.86.1.6

Between Two Stools

What is it about?

The representation of scatology in English Literature, Chaucer to Swift A perspective on the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival: Global Shakespeare, performance and reviewing

Why is it important?

Of interest to cultural and literary historians, this ground-breaking study testifies to the arrival of scatology as an academic subject, at the same time recognising that it remains if not outside, then at least at the margins of conventional scholarship.


Dr Peter J Smith
Nottingham Trent University

A labour of love! This book engages with some of the most amusing and some of the darkest portrayals of the human body and its sometimes involuntary functions in English literature - never a dull moment!

Dr Nathalie E Rivere de Carles
University Toulouse Jean Jaures

A Year of Shakespeare. Re-living the World Shakespeare Festival analyses the titanic endeavour of the Cultural Olympiad in 2012 that saw the performance of the complete works of Shakespeare locally and globally. What is more, the book retraces a successful experimentation of the instruments and methodology of reviewing.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Peter J Smith, Dr Nathalie E Rivere de Carles, and Professor Robert S. White