Mikhail Bakhtin

“A grotesque world in which only the inappropriate is exaggerated is only quantitatively large, but qualitatively it is extremely poor, colorless, and far from gay…. What would such a world have in common with Rabelais’ merry and rich universe? Satire alone would not suffice to explain even the positive pathos of the quantitative exaggeration, not to speak of the qualitative wealth.”

Bakhtin, Mikhail. RABELAIS AND HIS WORLD. Trans. Hélène Iswolsky. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984. Print. 308.