Figures de l'histoire et du temps dans l'oeuvre de Rabelais

Translated title of the contribution: Figures of history and time in the work of Rabelais

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Through a complex playful handling of storytelling, the Rabelaisian text consistently rejects chrononological linearity as a narrative frame. The burlesque pretence of a pseudo-historical narration allows for a scathing attack on medieval and contemporary historiography. At the same time, the Rabelaisian narrative sketches out the basis of a new historiographical poetics which would take into account both the treasury of ancient exemplary anecdotes and traditions kept alive in the collective memory, and would be able to perpetuate the memory of the tragic events of its time. The Rabelaisian meditation encompasses an existential questioning of time as the very principle of creation and maturation, whereas the human experience of time's vertiginous infinity amounts to a gaping void that nothing can fill out, except for man's detached acceptation of his own mortality.
Translated title of the contributionFigures of history and time in the work of Rabelais
Original languageFrench
Place of PublicationGeneve
PublisherLibrairie Droz
Number of pages339
ISBN (Print)978-2-600-01461-8
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameEtudes rabelaisiennes
PublisherLibrairie Droz
VolumeTome LI


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