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Approaches to Teaching the Works of François Rabelais

Editor(s): Todd W. Reeser, Floyd Gray

Pages: x & 342 pp.
Published: 2011
ISBN: 9781603290982 (paperback)
ISBN: 9781603290975 (cloth)

"This volume meets an essential pedagogical need in the field and will therefore be a most welcome addition to the MLA Approaches series."
David Posner, Loyola University, Chicago



The works of François Rabelais—Gargantua, Pantagruel, the Tiers livre, and the Quart livre—embody the Renaissance spirit of discovery and are crucial to the development of early modern prose and to the birth of the novel. Rabelais’s exuberant satire deals not only with the major cultural and intellectual issues of his time but also with issues of interest to students today.

This volume, in the MLA series Approaches to Teaching World Literature, suggests the materials that can be used in teaching Rabelais: editions, translations, criticism, Web sites, music, artwork, and films. Thirty-four essays present strategies for the classroom, discussing the classical and biblical allusions; the context of humanism and evangelical reform; various themes (giants, monsters, war); both feminism and masculinity as vexing subjects; Rabelais’s erudition; and the challenges of teaching his inventive language, his ambiguity, and his scatology.


Contributors
Tom Conley
Edwin M. Duval
Gary Ferguson
Carl Fisher
Carla Freccero
Andrea Frisch
Kirsten A. Fudeman
Timothy Hampton
Elisabeth Hodges
Karen James
Scott D. Juall
Marcus Keller
Virginia Krause
Lawrence D. Kritzman
David LaGuardia
Kathleen Long
Deborah N. Losse
Mary McKinley
Jan Miernowski
John O’Brien
James M. Palmer
John Parkin
Jeff Persels
Michael Randall
Richard Regosin
Bernd Renner
François Rigolot
Jerry Root
Cynthia Skenazi
Walter Stephens
Timothy J. Tomasik
Valerie Worth-Stylianou
Elizabeth Chesney Zegura



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