"The 19th century in France spawned numerous 'fous litteraires, one of them being Jean-Pierre Brisset (1837-1919). An individualist among individualists, he dismantled the existing French tongue, reshaping it to suit his own grandiose purposes, which were to explain afresh the development of human beings (from frogs) and of their language (from croaks). Continuous and ubiquitous punning was a unique feature of his writing. In this study, Redfern examines such themes as the nature of literary madness, the phenomenon of deadpan humour, the role of analogy, and the place of institutional religion in Brisset's creative rewriting of the creation."

chapter |6 pages

Bare Bones

chapter |5 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

The Motivating Force: Etymology

chapter 2|16 pages

Frogs on Frogs

chapter 3|9 pages

Creation Myths

chapter 4|19 pages

God and Company

chapter 5|21 pages

Language and Tongues

chapter 6|12 pages

The Sexual Imperative

chapter 7|11 pages

Methods in his Madness

chapter 8|23 pages

The Play of Language

chapter 9|18 pages

Varieties of Madness

chapter 10|5 pages

Seriously Funny

chapter 11|8 pages

Heading for the Last Round-Up

chapter |4 pages

The Last Round-Up