The Literary Erotics of Print and Misprint

  • Sheila J. Nayar


This chapter analyzes François Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote apropos the culture of print and, even more, print's potentials for producing error. Generatively exploring what movable type permitted vis-à-vis the development of prose narrative, Nayar additionally explores how these authors’ proclivities for wandering, their imaginatively errant powers, and their manner of heaping material while conjointly expressing fears of absurd growth were often an allusive, and sometimes very direct, byproduct of typographic culture. Nayar consequently demonstrates that, contrary to the claims of many modern scholars, Rabelais’ opus is significantly less a manifestation of an earthy tactility derived from the Middle Ages and Cervantes’ of the emerging modern psyche.

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  • Sheila J. Nayar
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  1. 1.Greensboro CollegeGreensboroUSA

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