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The Life of Gargantua and Pantagruel

circa 1532 - 1564

Why is it canonical?

Gargantua and Pantagruel, as it is commonly called, is a highly risque, crude, and bawdy pentalogy of humorous novels that tell the story of a giant and his son. Rabelais, the author, favored renaissance humanism, and was by profession a medical doctor and an expert in the Greek language. The author demonstrates this background throughout the work, inventing new words based on Greek and making many references to the processes and anatomical parts of the human body. Censored by the preeminent institutions of the day, the work has persisted due to its popularity that stemmed largely from its powerful satirical tone and underlying humanistic themes.





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