399. Seriously Funny: Rabelais

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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 on 21 June 2022

Rabelais podcast.

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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