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For example , even if the episode of Gargantua ' s swabs is correctly interpreted ,
it offers us nothing for the understanding of the symbol itself . The swab is one of
the widespread images of scatological literature , of anecdotes , familiar ...
( Oil is the symbol of sanctimonious wisdom and piety , while wine is the symbol
of gay and free truth . ) Most of the epithets and comparisons applied by Rabelais
to spiritual things have what one might call an edible character . The author ...
The folkloric conception of gay time could not but penetrate the images of hell , as
the symbol of the defeated evil of the past . This is why as early as the Vision of
Tungdal Lucifer is represented as a gay monster , the symbol of obsolete power ...
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Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (Russian: Михаил Михайлович Бахти́н, pronounced [mʲɪxʌˈil mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ bʌxˈtʲin]) (November 17, 1895, Oryol – March 7, 1975) was a Russian philosopher, literary critic ... Read full review
ONE Rabelais in the History of Laughter
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