Return of the grotesque

Detail from The Fight between the Carnival and Lent (1559) by Peter Bruegel the Elder. Courtesy Kunstshistoriches Museum, Vienna/Wikipedia The postmodern carnival has arrived, and there are good reasons to prefer François Rabelais’s version by Robert D Zaretsky is professor of history at University of Houston and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. He is the author of several books, including A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning (2013). He lives in Houston. In early 16th-century France, François Rabelais, who had already made his reputation as a doctor of theology and … Continue reading Return of the grotesque