"Carnivalization" is the term used by Mikhail Bakhtin to describe the shaping effect on literary genres. The idea of carnivalism is the discourse of structuralism. Carnivalism is the opposite of everything deemed "normal". Bahktin describes it as: "...the true feast of time, the feasts of becoming, change and renewal. (45)" Carnival originated from the Feasts of the Church. The feasts were a serious, formal occasion in which strict patterns were closely followed. Emphasis was placed on
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are actually only one side of the coin of society. Heads shows society as it is expected to be, tails shows life as it really is.
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The Effect of Carnivalism on Literature and Society
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