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Rabelais and His World Paperback – January 9, 2009
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"Bakhtin richly documents the range and scope of the popular-festive culture that is the hero of his book, its ancient roots, the vigorous life it enjoyed in the Middle Ages, its entry into important literature in the Renaissance, even the considerable traces of it that still survive after centuries of repression."
— Modern Language Quarterly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Bakhtin and Rabelais both negotiated cultural minefields to produce their works. Both deserve to be more widely read.
RABELAIS AND HIS WORLD is not light reading. The reader soon discovers that Bakhtin assumes an immense erudition on their part. Bakhtin drops names of painters, writers, and assorted intellectuals with what seems crushing frequency. This, however, is no insurmountable obstacle as his basic points are clear enough. For those who manage to digest the complete book and are intrigued enough to learn more of the technical aspects of his worldview, such patient and motivated readers would do well to read Bakhtin's seminal article on the multiplicity of voices in the novel, "Discourse in the Novel." But even if not, just this one book is quite enough to remind us that the quest for freedom is rarely neat and clean. RABELAIS AND HIS WORLD is a powerful if messy wake up call for those who might otherwise forget.
Bakhtin's literary theory is based on his knowledge of pre-modern literature, so we can't understand most of them.
However, it interests us very much.
We are talking amusement parks, paintball, Carnaval, Mardi Gras, spring break in Daytona Beach, Halloween, drag queen contests, proms, princessy weddings, strip clubs, etc., you name it.
Just fascinating that all this had medieval and possibly earlier roots.