Camp, Satire, and Serious Artistry in Carnival Krewsing

The Russian philosopher and literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin, in his essay "Carnival and Carnivalesque", wrote about European carnivals as expressions of an "upside-down world" where social conventions and hierarchies, secular and religious authority, and even laws were flouted. During carnivals, inhibitions were discarded, gender roles were subverted, and passion and creativity reigned. Carnival also dissolved barriers between performers and spectators; as Bakhtin observed, all who took...

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