399. Seriously Funny: Rabelais

Posted on 19 June 2022

In his outrageous novel about the giants Pantagruel and Gargantua, Rabelais engages with scholasticism, humanism, medicine, the reformation, and the querelle des femmes.

Further Reading

• J.M. Cohen (trans.), Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (Harmondsworth: 1962).

• D.M. Frame (trans.), Rabelais: The Complete Works (Berkeley: 1991).


• M. Bakhtin, Rabelais and his World, trans. H. Iswolsky (Bloomington: 1984).

• L. Febvre, The Problem of Unbelief in the Sixteenth Century: the Religion of Rabelais, trans. B. Gottlieb (Cambridge MA: 1982).

• T. Haglund, Rabelais’ Contempt for Fortune: Pantagruelism, Politics, and Philosophy (Lanham: 2019).

• M.J. Heath, Rabelais (Tempe, AZ: 1996).

• J. O’Brien (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Rabelais (Cambridge: 2011).

• B. Renner (ed.), A Companion to François Rabelais (Leiden: 2021).


Jeffrey R. Ingber 21 June 2022

Wonderfully informative.  Just the thing to prompt me to finally grab the book on the bookshelf (Screech translation).  I note however that some readers discovering reading Screech as a first reading of Rabelais.  The claim is that while the scholarly notes are superb, other earlier translations better capture Rabelais' tone.

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