Books That Inspire 2001


 
Gargantua and Pantagruel
Francois Rabelais


In my first year of graduate school we read Gargantua and Pantagruel by the 16th century French author, François Rabelais. This book represents one of the most humorous and erudite works I’ve ever read and was the initial inspiration of my passion for literature. Rabelais’ anecdotes of a family of giants allow him to scrutinize the political, religious, and academic institutions of his society. High and low cultures unite in a scathing and sarcastic narrative style that turns the Renaissance world upside down.
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Logan Whalen
Visiting Assistant Professor of French