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Imagining Rabelais in Renaissance England

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Texte du rabat Famed for his learning, wordplay, clever fantasy, and insight, the notorious French writer Francois Rabelais (1494?... Lire la suite
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Famed for his learning, wordplay, clever fantasy, and insight, the notorious French writer Francois Rabelais (1494?-1553) was also widely known for scoffing, supposed atheism, salacious writing, and irresponsible whimsy. This engaging book is the first exploration in more than sixty years of Renaissance England's response to the humorous yet difficult and ambiguous Rabelais. Anne Lake Prescott describes in entertaining detail how a host of English writers-Philip Sidney, Ben Jonson, John Webster, John Donne, James I, Shakespeare, and Michael Drayton, among many others-collectively and sometimes individually appreciated and condemned Rabelais. Prescott documents the extent to which Rabelais's name and work permeated Renaissance English literature and thought. Tudor and Stuart writers quoted him, told funny or scandalous stories about him, imitated him, abhorred him, even judged Rabelais without reading him. In this wide range of responses, from the urbanely appreciative to the pompous and grumpy, Prescott finds new understandings of cultural ambivalence and the ambiguities of literary reception. She shows that precisely because Rabelais's reputation was contradictory, appropriating his name or words was useful in Renaissance England for expressing division on topics ranging from authorship and sex to heresy and political secrets.

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Titre: Imagining Rabelais in Renaissance England
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Code EAN: 9780300199826
ISBN: 978-0-300-19982-6
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Editeur: Yale Univ Pr
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 278
Poids: 431g
Taille: H234mm x B156mm x T16mm
Année: 2013

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