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Rabelais’s engins: War machines, analogy, and the anxiety of invention in the Quart Livre

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This article explores the ways in which war machines are elaborated within Rabelais’s narrative, and how they align with – or challenge – the moralising discourse surrounding technology in the mid-sixteenth century. Through close reading of the Gaster and Andouilles episodes, it argues that the ambiguity of the term engin, which is used to refer both to inventive ingenuity and its physical products, provides a rich seam in Rabelais’s fourth book for the exploration of the boundary between nat...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
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Publisher:
Taylor and Francis
Journal:
Early Modern French Studies More from this journal
Volume:
38
Issue:
2
Pages:
97-110
Publication date:
2016-11-02
Acceptance date:
2016-04-21
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EISSN:
2056-3043
ISSN:
2056-3035
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uuid:aac5725c-001b-4251-be82-191c4d337fcc
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pubs:617017
Source identifiers:
617017
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2016-04-21

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