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The Cambridge Companion to Rabelais

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John O'Brien, Floyd Gray, Barbara C. Bowen, François Cornilliat, Neil Kenny, Marie-Luce Demonet, Edwin Duval, Ullrich Langer, Wes Williams, Richard Cooper
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  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521687287

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  • The Franciscan monk, humanist and physician François Rabelais, who flourished in sixteenth-century France, is widely considered as the Renaissance's greatest comic writer. His work – including most notably Gargantua and Pantagruel – continues to enthral readers with its complex and delicately crafted humour. ‘Rabelaisian' and ‘Gargantuan' have entered the lexicon but are often misunderstood; this Companion explains the literary and historical reality behind these notions. It provides an accessible account of Rabelais' major works and the contextual information and conceptual tools needed to understand the author and his world. The most up-to-date book on Rabelais to be designed specifically for English-speaking audiences, the Companion is intended to enable a broad spectrum of readers both to appreciate and to enjoy Rabelais. With a detailed guide to further reading and a chronology, and with all quotations given in translation, this is an ideal guide for students and scholars of French and comparative literature.

    • The volume offers authoritative information on Rabelais' life, major works, context and afterlife
    • All French quotations are translated
    • A guide to further reading and chronology are included
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521687287
    • length: 192 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction John O'Brien
    2. Reading the works of Rabelais Floyd Gray
    3. Laughing with Rabelais, laughing at Rabelais Barbara C. Bowen
    4. Interpretation in Rabelais, interpretation of Rabelais François Cornilliat
    5. Making sense of intertextuality Neil Kenny
    6. Pantagrueline humanism and Rabelaisian fiction Marie-Luce Demonet
    7. Putting religion in its place Edwin Duval
    8. Pantagruel and Gargantua: the political education of the King Ullrich Langer
    9. Histories natural and unnatural Wes Williams
    10. Reading and unravelling Rabelais through the ages Richard Cooper
    Guide to further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Graduate Renaissance Poetry and Prose
  • Editor

    John O'Brien, Royal Holloway, University of London
    John O'Brien is Professor of Renaissance French Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.


    John O'Brien, Floyd Gray, Barbara C. Bowen, François Cornilliat, Neil Kenny, Marie-Luce Demonet, Edwin Duval, Ullrich Langer, Wes Williams, Richard Cooper

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