François Rabelais: La Vie inestimable du grand Gargantua, père de Pantagruel (3495 words)

  • Max Gauna (University of Sheffield)

Related Groups

It is just possible to consider the five books in which François Rabelais chronicles the adventures of the giants Pantagruel and Gargantua as successive instalments of a picaresque novel, but in truth they defy classification; they are sui generis, like nothing else at all. While they have enjoyed both popular and learned acclaim down the centuries, critical interpretations have varied greatly in emphasis, and continue to do so. There is notably a deep divide between those who see the chronicles as the expression of a comic genius concerned purely with entertainment for its own sake, and those who think that they also purvey deeply-felt philosophical and religious messages. Such disagreement is understandable, for there is …

Citation:
Gauna, Max. "La Vie inestimable du grand Gargantua, père de Pantagruel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 September 2003
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5008, accessed 28 June 2017.]


Related Groups

  1. Picaresque narrative

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.