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Rabelais's Carnival: Text, Context, Metatext (The New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics)

Kinser, Samuel

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ISBN 10: 0520065220 / ISBN 13: 9780520065222
Published by University of California Press
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Hardcover w / dustjacket. Near Fine condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show very minor wear. No underlining; no highlighting; no internal markings. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. DJ is Very Good; light edgewear, one very minor closed tear. "Military History 20120420". Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1990. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 344381

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Title: Rabelais's Carnival: Text, Context, Metatext...

Publisher: University of California Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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How is it possible, after four centuries, that a major episode in Rabelais's novels remains systematically misread? The episode, which playfully and grotesquely treats the relation of Carnival to Lent, occurs in Rabelais's Fourth Book, his last and most artfully crafted novel. Samuel Kinser argues that the text has been distorted because critics have not attended to the episode's performative as well as literary contexts, overlooking the innovative use Rabelais made in his work of his immediate world. In this original interpretation of the Fourth Book, Kinser evokes the gestures, games, and visual, oral, bodily semantics of Carnival and Lent as they were performed in Rabelais's day. He also underscores the importance to Rabelais of the invention of printing, an innovation which revolutionized the relationships of author and reader. Understanding this and fearing it, Rabelais adopted an extraordinary set of disguises as an author, disguises which in their bewildering interplay constitute the truest sense of his carnival.

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"Kinser proposes a very persuasive post-Bakhtinian approach to Rabelais's novel and its relation to the carnival. His new historical epistemology, emphasizing as it does the genetic function of an archival 'metatext,' is compatible with a sophisticated semiotic analysis of the Rabelaisian text. This is a timely, erudite and subtle book which bases its theoretical arguments on solid documentary and textual evidence." (Michel Beaujour, New York University)

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