Beatrice Otto, Fools Are Everywhere: the court jester around the world (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2001 and 2007)
Winner of the American Association of Publishers’ award for outstanding book of the year in Scholarly & Professional Publishing Language and Literature. Translated into Russian.
‘Our understanding of the jester will never be the same after Beatrice Otto’s valuable book, which so fruitfully sounds the resonances between the European, the Chinese, the Egyptian and the Indian traditions. Her final plea for jesters in the world of Bush, Sarkozy and Putin is timely.’ (Simon Callow, The Guardian)
‘Beatrice Otto’s Fools Are Everywhere is apparently the only book in English that brings in a considerable amount of evidence from a specific non-Western context in an attempt to break the traditional Eurocentrism of the scholarly literature on jesters in Western languages.’
(Ayşe Ezgi Dikici, Imperfect Bodies, Perfect Companions? Dwarfs and Mutes at the Ottoman Court in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, Sabancı University, 2006)