"Le magasin d’abus" : Rabelais Turlupin

Abstract : Heresy plays a major part in Rabelaisian fiction, a part that is independent from Rabelais’s alleged beliefs. It adorns the language of some characters through insults linked to Medieval sects, (Bagards, Turlupins, « Savatiers »), to non-Christian religions (Jews marranos or retaillats, Muslims marrabais), to the forerunners of the Reformation (Waldensians, Lollards, Patarini), and to dualist adepts (Bogomiles, Cathars, Albanians). If the enigmatic Turlupin seems at first a hostile and ridiculous type, in the Fourth Book this name figures the narrator. Some hints show that the heretic is mobile and happens to be a hunter of heterodoxy, and vice versa. We could see in Rodilardus the Cat at the end of the Pantagruelian gest a farcesque avatar of a Bogomile feline who haunts Gargantua’s domain, or a Jewish little devil amusing the mystery plays.
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Marie-Luce Demonet. "Le magasin d’abus" : Rabelais Turlupin. Inextinguible Rabelais, Mireille Huchon, Romain Menini, Nicolas Le Cadet, Nov 2014, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-01117812⟩

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