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carnivalesque

Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian linguist and literary critic writing in the first half of the 20th century, used this term to characterize writing that depicts the de-stabilization or reversal ...

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A Dictionary of Sports Studies

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2010
Subject:
Social sciences, Society and culture
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441 words

...carnival has a ‘universal spirit’ and is ‘a special condition of the entire world’, and fuels ‘revival and renewal’. The carnivalesque inverts authority, having a logic of the ‘turnabout’ or the ‘inside-out’. For Bakhtin, ‘Carnivalesque spirit is political: it derides serious, “official” thought and behaviour; it brings the high low’ ( Samuel Kinser , Rabelais's ‘Carnival’: Text, Context, Metatext , 1990 ). The idea of the carnivalesque has been widely applied to popular cultural contexts and—Bakhtin also noted the grotesque realism of Rabelais's depictions...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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Literature
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73 words

... A term coined by the Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin to describe various manifestations of popular humour and cultural resistance to the restraints of official hierarchies. The institution of carnival itself provides a model for understanding some of the more playful effects of literature, principally in the novel and drama. According to this view, some kinds of literary comedy are rooted in folk traditions of mockery directed at the church and other authorities....

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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Literature
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73 words

... A term coined by the Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin to describe various manifestations of popular humour and cultural resistance to the restraints of official hierarchies. The institution of carnival itself provides a model for understanding some of the more playful effects of literature, principally in the novel and drama. According to this view, some kinds of literary comedy are rooted in folk traditions of mockery directed at the church and other...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory

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2010

... Mikhail Bakhtin , a Russian linguist and literary critic writing in the first half of the 20th century, used this term to characterize writing that depicts the de-stabilization or reversal of power structures, albeit temporarily, as happens in traditional forms of carnival. Although this may take the form of writing about, or otherwise representing (in film, painting, sculpture, etc.), actual or imagined carnivals, for Bakhtin it was important that the work itself should come to embody the spirit of carnival too. It can do this, as Bakhtin shows in...

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A Dictionary of Critical Theory (2 ed.)

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2018

... Mikhail Bakhtin , a Russian linguist and literary critic writing in the first half of the twentieth century , used this term to characterize writing that depicts the de-stabilization or reversal of power structures, albeit temporarily, as happens in traditional forms of carnival. Although this may take the form of writing about, or otherwise representing (in film, painting, sculpture, etc.), actual or imagined carnivals, for Bakhtin it was important that the work itself should come to embody the spirit of carnival too. It can do this, as Bakhtin shows...

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Mikhail Bakhtin, a Russian linguist and literary critic writing in the first half of the 20th century, used this term to characterize writing that depicts the de-stabilization or reversal of power ...
Antiquarianism (Popular)

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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6,164 words
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Oxford University Press

...on the seventeenth-century jurist Edward Coke , was that these sacred texts were ‘parcel’ of the *law [8] of England. Hone defended himself from the dock, on the second and third days before Lord Chief Justice *Ellenborough . In outline Hone's case was drawn from the carnivalesque portrayal of culture found in Douce's work on the Dance of Death , the Feast of Fools, and the comic Shakespeare. But Hone was able on his own account to deliver a non-stop recital of amusing and embarrassing examples of parody by the populace from the middle ages, and more...

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
Length:
5,520 words
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

...and gentry preserve of fox-hunting). It was also seen as imperative to control public spaces and rituals, including *fairs and football matches, where congregations of the common people could become unruly and dangerous. The gradual shift of public executions from the carnivalesque public festival of the Tyburn Tree to an almost covert private ritual within the interior of Newgate gaol is a notable example [ see *prisons ]. Legislative efforts were also made to head off potential disorder by silencing commercial *debating societies , by tightening...

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Russian linguist and literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin used this word, literally meaning many voiced to describe literary writing that managed to liberate the voice of its characters from under the ...
carnivalization

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The liberating and subversive influence of popular humour on the literary tradition, according to the theory propounded by the Russian linguist Mikhail Bakhtin in his works Problems of Dostoevsky's ...

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