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Carnivalesque

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Definition: Carnivalesque

Carnivalesque is a term coined by the Russian critic Mikhail Bakhtin, which refers to a literary mode that subverts and liberates the assumptions of the dominant style or atmosphere through humor and chaos. Bakhtin traces the origins of the carnivalesque to the concept of carnival, itself related to the Feast of Fools, a medieval festival … Continue reading

Project Brief

Constructing the Carnivalesque…  Carnival, in its widest, most general sense embraced ritual spectacles such as fairs, popular feasts and wakes, processions and competitions… comic shows, mummery and dancing, open-air amusements with costumes and masks, giants, dwarfs, monsters, trained animals and so forth; it included comic verbal compositions (oral and written) such as parodies, travesties and … Continue reading