« Quelles bestes sont ce là ? » L’humanisme rabelaisien à l’épreuve de ses bestiaires

Abstract : This dissertation analyses François Rabelais’ bestiaries through the exploration of its antique and medieval sources. The first part of this thesis focuses on the way Rabelais distorts certain literary genres containing prototypical animal figures by reversing the epic paradigms associated with horses and boars, multiplying and merging farces and charivaris’ animals, and undermining the exemplary animals portrayed in the fables. The next part uncovers how the famous humanist plays with animal figures drawn from scholarly and serious writings such as encyclopedias, gnomic literature, and recipe books. The third part overturns this perspective to examine the aesthetical and sensory impact of these bestiaries on the reader and listener as well as the grotesque aesthetic they seem to thrive from. Overall, this investigation leads to a redefinition of the Rabelaisian humanism, which reveals itself through an abundance of animal images.
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Louise Millon-Hazo. « Quelles bestes sont ce là ? » L’humanisme rabelaisien à l’épreuve de ses bestiaires. Littératures. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2017. Français. ⟨NNT : 2017USPCA171⟩. ⟨tel-01789634⟩

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