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Rabelais and His World

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and#147;Christian laughter is a maze: you could easily get snarled up within it.and#8221; So says Michael A. Screech in his note to readers preceding this collection of fifty-three elegant and pithy essays. As Screech reveals, the question of whether laughter is acceptable to the god of the Old and New Testaments is a dangerous one.

But we are fortunate in our guide: drawing on his immense knowledge of the classics and of humanists like Erasmus and Rabelaisand#151;who used Plato and Aristotle to interpret the Gospelsand#151;and incorporating the thoughts of Aesop, Calvin, Lucian of Samosata, Luther, Socrates, and others, Screech shows that Renaissance thinkers revived ancient ideas about what inspires laughter and whether it could ever truly be innocent. As Screech argues, in the minds of Renaissance scholars, laughter was to be taken very seriously. Indeed, in an era obsessed with heresy and reform, this most human of abilities was no laughing matter.

Synopsis:

This classic work by the Russian philosopher and literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) examines popular humor and folk culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. One of the essential texts of a theorist who is rapidly becoming a major reference in contemporary thought, Rabelais and His World is essential reading for anyone interested in problems of language and text and in cultural interpretation.

Synopsis:

This book is double-voiced: it is doing two things simultaneously, for the multitude of shattered unities we call revolution brings forth texts with peculiar forms of unity. At one level it is a guidebook for its times, and at another level it is a contribution to historical poetics with time and place.

About the Author

Michael A. Screech is an emeritus fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. His scholarship has roots in University College London and the Warburg Institute. He is recognized as a world authority on the Renaissance, especially for his studies on Rabelais, Erasmus, and Montaigne, as well as on Clandeacute;ment Marot, Joachim Du Bellay, Renaissance laughter, and religious ecstasy. His translation of Montaigne was immediately welcomed for its discrete learning and elegance. His concept and practice of translation arose from his living with the Japanese language as a soldier at the end of the Second World War. The same approach marks his subsequent translation of Rabelais. In recognition of his achievements, the French Republic made him a Chevalier dans landrsquo;Ordre national du Mandeacute;rite and then a Chevalier dans la Landeacute;gion dandrsquo;Honneur.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD Krystyna Pomorska

PROLOGUE Michael Holquist

INTRODUCTION

ONE Rabelais in the History of Laughter

TWO The Language of the Marketplace in Rabelais

THREE Popular-Festive Forms and Images in Rabelais

FOUR Banquet Imagery in Rabelais

FIVE The Grotesque Image of the Body and Its Sources

SIX Images of the Material Bodily Lower Stratum

SEVEN Rabelais Images and His Time

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253203410
Translator:
Bakhtin, Mikhail
Translator:
Iswolsky, Helene
Translator:
Iswolsky, Helene
Author:
Screech, Michael A.
Author:
Bakhtin, Mikhail
Author:
Iswolsky, Helene
Author:
Bakhtin, M. M.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
History
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Rabelais, francois, ca. 1490-1553?
Subject:
Rabelais, Francois
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
European
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
Doc. no. 515
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line drawings
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Classics » French Medieval and Renaissance
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Specific Languages and Groups
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » Literary and Cultural Studies
Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , This classic work by the Russian philosopher and literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin (1895-1975) examines popular humor and folk culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. One of the essential texts of a theorist who is rapidly becoming a major reference in contemporary thought, Rabelais and His World is essential reading for anyone interested in problems of language and text and in cultural interpretation.
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This book is double-voiced: it is doing two things simultaneously, for the multitude of shattered unities we call revolution brings forth texts with peculiar forms of unity. At one level it is a guidebook for its times, and at another level it is a contribution to historical poetics with time and place.
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