Date of Award

Summer 2005

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Roseann Runte

Committee Member

Dana Heller

Committee Member

Peter Schulman

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85 H35 2005


The purpose of this research project is to demonstrate that the traditional analysis of Rabelais's Pantagruel has been superficial and has failed to answer or resolve the controversy over the real message of the text. Many critics have speculated that the text is anti-Christian but have failed to conclusively prove this claim. As a result, there is an opposing group of critics who have countered this position ultimately challenging that it can not be proven that the text is really anti-Christian. Using the rhetorical mnemonic approach developed by Daniel Martin, I am able to show that the text is based on an architecture that is blatantly mythological and therefore in contradiction to the Christian tradition, hiding a secret and dangerous humanist statement.


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