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The Carnivalesque and Grotesque Realism in Modernist Literature: The Final Novels of Ronald Firbank and Virginia Woolf
by Case, Marlene Katherine, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2015, 91; 10096025
Abstract (Summary)

Concerning the Eccentricities of Cardinal Pirelli by Ronald Firbank and Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf both liberate the text from the expected form to engage emotional awareness and instigate reform of societal standards. Employing Mikhail Bakhtin’s theories of the carnivalesque and grotesque realism as a means to create this perspective is unconventional; nevertheless, Firbank, predominantly misunderstood, and Woolf, more regarded but largely misinterpreted, both address sexuality and religion to parody what they believe to be the retrogression of civilization by narrating christenings, pageants, and other forms of carnival. Both novels forefront nonconformity, and the conspicuous influence of debasement is identified as a form of salient renewal. Christopher Ames, Melba-Cuddy Keane, and Alice Fox have already expressed remarkable insight into Woolf; unfortunately not a single scholar has approached Firbank’s text in this manner, and this essay discusses the value of both authors in the aspect of Bakhtin’s theories.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Adams, Don
School: Florida Atlantic University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Ancient languages, Modern literature, Aesthetics, Language
Keywords: Bakhtin, Mikhail, Ceremonial nonconformity, Debasement and renewal, Gender transition, Social and sexual liberation, Transitional histories
Publication Number: 10096025
ISBN: 978-1-339-60181-6
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