Rabelais and His World

Rabelais and His World


By (author) M. M. Bakhtin, By (author) Helene Iswolsky

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 510 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 206mm x 30mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 9 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253203414
  • ISBN 13: 9780253203410
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 37,682

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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.

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