We use cookies
This website uses cookies in order to improve your browsing experience. Read more on our cookie policies.
How to write; or, how to insult
Claire Weeda
13 June 2022
published in Issue One

Angry Germans, thieving Burgundians, arrogant French, lying Scots, English tail-bearers, treacherous Corsicans, fraudulent Romans. A troupe of caricatures was paraded before the students, themselves a heterogenous group gathered from the corners of Europe. Ripples of laughter filled the classroom. Shoulders were slapped, fingers pointed, hearts fired up. Perhaps a little scuffle broke out after class, a boisterous wrestling over insults exchanged. Nothing to be concerned about. Acquiring knowledge was, after all, a combative affair.

Read this article, and many others
Subscribe to the European Review of Books from €4.50 per month and get full access to our library.

Matthew of Vendôme, Ars versificatoria, translated by R. P. Parr (Milwaukee, 1981), p. 28