Found in the databases of NNDB.com, this article provides biographical information about Rabelais, but it also provides a fascinating analysis about his works, his practice as a humanist, his political affiliations, his work as a physician, and his religious perspectives.
Margaret Toldy, a graduate student at the University of Colorado in Boulder, provides this brief but detailed account of satire through the ages. On this page, Toldy provides names of the most known satirists during different literary eras, as well as short descriptions of how satire was treated during each era.
Ted Gioia offers an excellent discussion about how Rabelais’s writing is so distinctly stylized that his style is now described by the modern term “Rabelaisian.” Gioia goes on further to discuss what classifies something as Rabelaisian and what elements a piece of writing must contain to be associated with this term.
Gargantua and Pantagruel Questions and Answers
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