Seriously Funny: The Fantastical World of François Rabelais

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, July 13 to 17, 2020, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A non-refundable C$300 deposit is required to secure your place; the balance is due June 1, 2020. To get started, choose your discount from the drop-down menu.

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LEADER

For Denise Ahlquist, keeping a sense of humour has been essential during her worldwide travels as a senior academic consultant for the Great Books Foundation. She’s been privileged to lead discussions of great literature with participants of all ages in diverse settings. Spending time seriously thinking about what makes something both great and humourous sounds like just her kind of fun.

 

BOOKS

Gargantua and Pantagruel, by François Rabelais, translated by M.A. Screech
(Penguin Classics, 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0140445503

Participants are required to obtain the specified edition to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion. Details will be provided at registration.

Unique and often controversial, the works of François Rabelais, a 16th-century monk turned physician and legal scholar, are deeply humanistic, sharply satirical, and seriously, playfully humorous—antidotes the doctor sagely prescribes for the ever-questing human body, mind and spirit.

Composed during a pivotal time when anti-clerical and Protestant ideas rocked the Roman Catholic world, these influential philosophical and kaleidoscopic creations have captured the imaginations of countless readers, including the French historian Michelet, who wrote, “Rabelais collected wisdom from the popular elemental forces of the ancient Provençal idioms, sayings, proverbs, school farces, from the mouth of fools and clowns. But refracted by this foolery, the genius of the age and its prophetic power are revealed in all their majesty. If he does not discover, he foresees, he promises, he directs. Under each tiny leaf of this forest of dreams, the fruit which the future will harvest lies hidden. This entire book is a golden bough.”

In his most famous works, Rabelais unlocks an outrageously fantastical world with two giants, father and son kings Gargantua and Pantagruel. A series of five books including Pantagruel (1532), Gargantua (1534), and three other works in a single-volume English-language edition is perfect for a week of lively discussions. While some contemporaries were threatened by the freedom of his thought and physicality of his language and imagery, today’s reader is more likely to enjoy many hearty chuckles and revel in the breadth of genius that is undeniably Rabelais.

 

Cost

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

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  • Register before January 1, 2020 and get a free concert ticket.
  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
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