Notes from the History of Laughter

I recently picked up Mikhail Bakhtin's classic Rabelais and His World, an excellent and vastly illuminating work of literary criticism. Bakhtin's primary thesis is that Rabelais is the culminating literary expression of the carnival or grotesque idiom of folk humor, an idiom which had developed for over a thousand years (starting with the Roman Saturnalia) as an "unofficial" or subversive … Continue reading Notes from the History of Laughter