This book explores both the narrative design and fundamental thematic preoccupations of short comic tales that flourished in late medieval Germany and that provided bawdy entertainment for larger audiences of public recitals as well as for smaller numbers of individual readers.
1. Introduction: Laughter and Narrative Part I: Laughter 2. Laughing at Comic Tales 3. Laughter in Comic Tales Part II: Narrative Design 4. Time and Space 5. Speech and Dialogue Part III: Thematic Content 6. The Physical Body 7. The Social Body 8. Conclusion: Comic Tales in the Later Middle Ages