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La fin de l’utopie chez Rabelais

Abstract : Rabelais was one of the first admirers and users of Thomas More’s Utopia in France, since he locates Gargantua’s kingdom (and previously, that of Grandgousier) in Utopia, a country he does not describe, although it shares with More’s island an ideal of magnanimity and capacity for happiness. The Utopian dream is still visible in his last novel, the Fourth Book, in spite of its series of obviously dystopic islands, especially the two last ones, Chaneph and Ganabins. Chaneph shows that Rabelais, as well as More, was aware of the Machiavellian principle of eliminating rebel leaders, a method reflected in the allegory Pantagruel narrates, the story of Tarquin’s poppies.
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Marie-Luce Demonet. La fin de l’utopie chez Rabelais. RINASCIMENTO Rivista dell'Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, Olschki, 2018, Immaginare l'altrove. Dall’Utopia di Thomas More al Seicento, pp.395-406. ⟨halshs-01435033⟩



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