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Vives And The Spectre Of The Inquisition

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The most famous letters of François Rabelais are fictitious letters sent by Gargantua to his son and reveal a copyright strategy, which involves reading them as a whole and not separately. From a methodological point of view, this chapter draws some work on the epistolary Rabelaisian, namely those of Fritz Neubert, Richard Cooper and Claude La Charité to analyze strategic goal of the correspondence of Rabelais: that is to say how Rabelais used these letters to get into intellectual networks of his time, which, remarkably, do not just in the French literary circles, often very regionalised but extend to a humanist Republic of Letters of international stature. The strategic objectives of the author are justified since reading of the first known letter from Rabelais addressed to Guillaume Bude and dated 1521. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: copyright strategy; fictitious letters; François Rabelais; French literary circles; humanist Republic of Letters



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