1. author of satirical attacks on medieval scholasticism (1494-1553)
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  • Nay, besides these, many societies that make a great figure in the world are reflected on in this book; which caused Rabelais to study to be dark, and even bedaub it with many loose expressions, that he might not be thought to have any other design than to droll; in a manner bewraying his book that his enemies might not bite it. Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel
  • Always the perfect aide, Serrigny tried to distract him with Rabelaisian reminiscences from army life of twenty years ago.
  • Rabelais's Gargantua is a prime example of absurdity as literary device (compare the structure of the great "arse-wiping" scene to the "Yorkshiremen" sketch above). Strange Fiction 4
  • Rabelaisianism they are obsessing the minds of every one with a matter which after all is only one aspect of life? Suspended Judgments Essays on Books and Sensations
  • I learnt concretely from his translation of Rabelais what Mikhail Bakhtin formulated as 'the image system of grotesque realism or the culture of popular laughter'; the importance of material and physical principles; the correspondence between the cosmic, social and physical elements; the overlapping of death and passions for rebirth; and the laughter that subverts hierarchical relationships. Kenzaburo Oe - Nobel Lecture
  • Rabelais continually returns to the indolence and gulosity of the friars.
  • All Mrs. Whirtle's audience agreed with one or more of these propositions except Professor Giblet, who accepted all three saving and excepting the term "synthetical" as applied to Rabelais 'mind. On Nothing and Kindred Subjects
  • It would be as easy and as profitable a problem to solve the Rabelaisian riddle of the bombinating chimaera with its potential or hypothetical faculty of deriving sustenance from a course of diet on second intentions, as to read the riddle of Shakespeare's design in the procreation of this yet more mysterious and magnificent monster of a play. A Study of Shakespeare
  • Ask one of them of what religion he is, he scoffingly replies, a philosopher, a Galenist, an [6648] Averroist, and with Rabelais a physician, a peripatetic, an epicure. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • It remains for our learned people to resolve, as was done by Luther, Bacon and Erasamus, Rabelais and Montaigne.
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