"Rabelais' Radical Farce: Late Medieval Comic Theater and its Function in Rabelais," by E. Bruce Hayes.


RADICAL FARCE: In his new book, “Rabelais’s Radical Farce: Late Medieval Comic Theater and its Function in Rabelais,” E. Bruce Hayes, associate professor of French and Italian, traces the development of farce in late medieval and Renaissance comic theater, as compared to its evolving use in the work of French writer Francois Rabelais. Hayes points out that Rabelais’ use of the concept was quite different than traditional uses of the time, making it subversive, whereas the traditional use was primarily conservative. He goes on to make the argument that Rabelais introduced both a new formulation of farce and a new form of humanist satire in a genre thought by some to be simplistic. The book is available at Jayhawk Ink in the Kansas Union.

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