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Anus As Oculus: Satire And Subversion In Eustorg De Beaulieu's Du Cul , Russell J. Ganim Apr 2001

Anus As Oculus: Satire And Subversion In Eustorg De Beaulieu's Du Cul , Russell J. Ganim

Faculty Publications - Modern Languages and Literatures

This study seeks to rehabilitate Eustorg de Beaulieu's (c. 1495-1552) Du cul (1537) in terms of the poem's satirically subversive nature. I choose the term "rehabilitate" in order to challenge certain aspects of Annette and Edward Tomarken's argument that the poem should be read more in terms of its commentary on the lyric genre of the blason than as a derisive indictment of social norms. I hold that on an implicit level, the poem does support the Tomarkens' contention that Beaulieu "push[es] to its ultimate limits the genre (i.e., the blason) with which he is ...