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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a gigantic prince, noted for his ironical buffoonery, in Rabelais' satire Gargantua and Pantagruel (1534)
ˌPantagruˈelian, ˌPantagruˈelic adj
ˌPantaˈgruelˌism n
ˌPantaˈgruelist n
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(pænˈtæg ruˌɛl, -əl, ˌpæn təˈgru əl)

the huge son of Gargantua in Rabelais' novels Pantagruel (1532) and Gargantua (1534).
Pan`ta•gru•el′i•an, adj.
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Rabelais and Bakhtin: Popular Culture in Gargantua and Pantagruel. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1986.
Frederic Tinguely 'L'Alter Sensus des turqueries de Panurge', is an illuminating and entertaining examination of Pantagruel, Chapter 14.
The reason she has included such satirical texts as Gulliver's Travels and Gargantua et Pantagruel in her book is that she regards utopias and satires as "twin sisters".
In literature giants appear in many folktales, including "Jack and the Beanstalk" and the legend of Paul Bunyan, as well as in such classic satires as Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Francois Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel.
Les Horribles et Espovantables Faictz et prouesses du tres renomme Pantagruel, Roy des Dipsodes, fils du grant g eant Gargantua (1532), later known as Book II, recounts the life of Pantagruel up to the war against the Dipsodes in Utopia.
Her densely erudite arguments sometimes reach conclusions I do not share (for instance, I cannot agree that Gargantua's celebrated letter to Pantagruel on education is ironic), but are always informative and very often convincing.
Rabelais, Mode d'emploi: avec le plan du 'Pantagruel' suivant les jours de la semaine et les saints Sacrements de l'Eglise.
In contrast to this "standard" or model, most of the islands seem permeated not by the reciprocity Pantagruel emphasizes in his letter to Gargantua during the visit to Medamothi, but rather by selfishness, a trait that Harp ties to a lack of "necessary Christian ethics" (23).