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This chapter discusses three different attitudes towards rhetorical dispositio: namely play, rejection and neglect. Whereas Rabelais plays with dispositio, turning it into a source of merriment, Montaigne rejects it in word and (scriptural) deed. The poets, however, tend to neglect rhetorical dispositio, at least while ordering their poems into collections. In August 2006, an international conference was organized in Montreal (McGill University) on the subject of the hybridité des récits rabelaisiens. One of the conference themes, however, was the way in which the textual whole was built up from heterogeneous parts, thus linking Rabelais's writing to an anti-classical conception of art.

Keywords: Montaigne; Rabelais's writing; rhetorical dispositio



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