Rabelais and His World

Paperback | January 9, 2009

byMikhail Bakhtin

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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.

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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...

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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.

Mikhail Bakhtin was born on November 17, 1895 in Orel, Russia. He attended the University of Petrograd from 1913 to 1918, where he studied classics and philology. After graduation, he taught, wrote, and developed many of his theories. From 1945 to 1961, Bakhtin taught at the Mordovia Teachers Training College. He continued to publish w...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.08 inPublished:January 9, 2009Publisher:Indiana University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253203414

ISBN - 13:9780253203410

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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

From Our Editors

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.