Rabelais's Radical Farce

Rabelais's Radical Farce

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In the first extended investigation of the importance of dramatic farce in Rabelais studies, Bruce Hayes makes an important contribution to the understanding of the theater of farce and its literary possibilities. By tracing the development of farce in late medieval and Renaissance comedic theater in comparison to the evolution of farce in Rabelais's work, Hayes distinguishes Rabelais's use of the device from traditional farce. While traditional farce is primarily conservative in its aims, with an emphasis on maintaining the status quo, Rabelais puts farce to radical new uses, making it subversive in his own work. Bruce Hayes examines the use of farce in Pantagruel, Gargantua, and the Tiers and Quart livres, showing how Rabelais recast farce in a humanist context, making it a vehicle for attacking the status quo and posing alternatives to contemporary legal, educational, and theological systems. Rabelais's Radical Farce illustrates the rich possibilities of a genre often considered simplistic and unsophisticated, disclosing how Rabelais in fact introduced both a radical reformulation of farce, and a new form of humanist satire.... aquot;elle fist semblant de se mettre a la fenestre pour appeller les voisins a la forceaquot; [aquot;she pretended to make for the window to call on her ... Had she chosen to do so, according to the ethical rules of farce, she would have become the punisher, humiliating the vainglorious Panurge. ... Religious processions were in fact highly theatrical, with participants donning costumes of their most impressive finery and anbsp;...

Title:Rabelais's Radical Farce
Author:Dr E Bruce Hayes
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2013-04-28


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