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Volume I

Page 121



maintainance, not a growth as change.

Immutability of immortality.

This all leads back to Bakhtin.
(Rabelais and his World)

For Bakhtin the grotesque involves an
act of degradation: “the lowering of
all that is high, spiritual, ideal, abstract"
to “the material level."

In Dante this is not merely the
degradation of man into plant (in the
Aquinian sense) but the degradation of
Virgils' high mythic imagery into something
base and, frankly, tortured.

A Golden Bough is something of an