Saturday, November 04, 8:30 am–10:00 am
This live event will not be recorded.
Chair: Jack Santino (Bowling Green State University, retired)
Questioning Carnival and the Concept of "Carnivalesque"
Jack Santino (Bowling Green State University, retired)
Mikhail Baktin's use of the term "carnivalesque" has informed the study of carnival for decades. However, not every carnival is emancipatory, as noted by carnival scholar Aurélie Godet (Journal of Festive Studies 2, (2020) 13. Of course, many famous carnivals, such as in Nice, Venice, and Rio de Janeiro are large, institutionalized events aimed as much at tourism as of and by the local populations. This session will examine what I hope are post-Bahktinian theoretical approaches to the study of carnival, in all its multitudinous forms. We ask, is carnival carnivalesque? Issues of gender, colonialization, and social hierarchy in carnival will be addressed.