Rabelais, Pantagruélion & Utopia Public Deposited

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  • Rabelais, Pantagruélion and Utopia
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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Pelto, Stewart Arthur
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
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  • This thesis addresses the problems of intoxication and utopia in Gargantua and Le Tiers Livre, maintaining that progress towards a utopian future is made through the positive consequences of collective intoxication. Through a close examination of relevant episodes leading up to the foundation of the abbey of Thélème, this thesis argues that Rabelais's utopia is significantly dependent on the pacifying effects of the symposion. Next, a survey of sources contemporary to Rabelais demonstrates his knowledge of both cannabis intoxication and the plant's widespread use and exchange throughout the Mediterranean. Finally, an analysis of enigmatic imagery in the Pantagruélion episode illustrates Rabelais's attempt to improve diplomatic relations with his neighbors in the Middle East and India through an increase in maritime exploration, mercantile exchange, and collective intoxication.
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  • Melehy, Hassan
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