Shakespeare, Rabelais, and the Comical-Historical

Shakespeare, Rabelais, and the Comical-Historical

by Cathleen T. McLoughlin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820440981

ISBN-13: 9780820440989

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

This intertextual reading of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I & II with François Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel suggests that sufficient evidence exists to question the widespread denial of any knowledge of Rabelais on the part of Shakespeare. In each work, a prince participates in a process of education in preparation to

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This intertextual reading of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I & II with François Rabelais’s Gargantua and Pantagruel suggests that sufficient evidence exists to question the widespread denial of any knowledge of Rabelais on the part of Shakespeare. In each work, a prince participates in a process of education in preparation to succeed his father. Each prince shares adventures with an unconventional, comic companion. History and comedy form a hybrid genre, the Comical-Historical. Foundational chapters discuss the works of two other writers of hybridized genres, Lucian and Erasmus, as well as several visual artifacts of the time period. The figure of Socrates in a variety of guises appears in the work of the four writers. Shakespeare, this study suggests, extends the tradition established for the renaissance by Erasmus and augmented by Rabelais.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820440989
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Series:
Currents in Comparative Romance Language and Literatures Series, #80
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Introduction: Genealogy and Genre of Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part One and Part Two1
Chapter 1Visual Arts of the Sixteenth Century Related to Shakespeare and Rabelais17
Chapter 2Lucian and Erasmus: Creators of a Tradition35
Chapter 3Rabelais Augments the Tradition59
Chapter 4An Intertextual Reading of Shakespeare and Rabelais79
Conclusion143
Notes149
List of Works Consulted157
Index167

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