Francois Rabelais

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Noun1.Francois Rabelais - author of satirical attacks on medieval scholasticism (1494-1553)Francois Rabelais - author of satirical attacks on medieval scholasticism (1494-1553)
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In his brilliant study of cultural differences that resonate in texts treating of dogma and religious diversity, Terence Cave asks us to put ourselves in the place of either Alcofribas Nasier, the narrator of Pantagruel, wandering over the mountains and lands in his master's mouth (the source of the episode belongs to Folengo), who meets a cabbage planter tending to his crops, or Montaigne, in his report of an encounter he had with native Americans in Rouen, who confers with naked friends from worlds beyond his ken.
Dubois recalls Alcofribas Nasier, in the first chapter of Pantagruel, who plots a genealogy of his hero in a way that "all good historiographers have trated their chronicles, not only Arabs, Barbarians, and Latins, but also the Greeks and Pagans, all eternal drinkers.