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Rabelais and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin - Bakhtin Celebrates the Renaissance of the Russian Revolution

Rabelais and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin - Bakhtin Celebrates the Renaissance of the Russian Revolution

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Rabelais and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin

The Roots Of Our Bittersweet Laughter

Intended for those interested in problems of language and text and in cultural interpretation. Mikhail Bakhtin first began Rabelais and His World in 1917 during the heady days of the Russian Revolution. Like some of the colleges of today, the University of St. Petersburg at the height of the Revolution boasted a flexible curriculum and encouraged free thought among its students. While the gunfire echoed in the streets, Bakhtin and his colleagues gathered to declare the Russian Revolution the Third Renaissance. This comparison between the Italian Renaissance and the Russian Revolution inspired him to begin his dissertation on Rabelais. The events of the Revolution swept everyone up into the societal transitions. No one could just be a bystander. From this all-encompassing mood of social interaction arose Bakhtins concept of the theater without footlights. As for the significance of the individual in the Carnivalesque one has only to look to the Fool. Bakhtin

considered his first reading of Friedrich Nietzsche an epiphany. the images of folk culture are absolutely fearless and communicate this fearlessness to all. The Fool is representative of this utopian ideal personified in the individual. Able to move between worlds. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Rabelais and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin . The great German philosopher remained one of Bakhtins most important influences throughout his writing career. he demonstrates the power of the individual to transcend societal norms. as an extension of the carnival. The Fool.5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price! . is the ultimate Nietzschean character. Bakhtin states.

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