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Carnivalizing Difference by David Shepherd, Charles Platter, Paul Allen Miller, Peter I. Barta

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6 THE OTHERNESS OF HISTORY IN RABELAIS' CARNIVAL AND JUVENAL'S SATIRE, OR WHY BAKHTIN GOT IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME

Paul Allen Miller

 

[…] an extraordinarily great influence on literary-artistic thinking was exercised by the ritual of crowning/decrowning. This ritual determined a special decrowning type of structure for artistic images and whole works, one in which decrowning was essentially ambivalent and two-leveled. If carnivalistic ambivalence should happen to be extinguished in these images of crowning and decrowning, they degenerated into a purely negative exposé of a moral or socio-political sort, they became single-leveled, lost their artistic character, and were transformed into naked journalism. (PDP, 125–126)

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