Robert Zaretsky
Professor of History, University of Houston

Robert D Zaretsky is professor of history at University of Houston and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, Boston Globe, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. He is the author of several books, including A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning (2013). He lives in Houston.

Written by Robert Zaretsky

Detail from The Fight between the Carnival and Lent (1559) by Peter Bruegel the Elder. Courtesy Kunstshistoriches Museum, Vienna/Wikipedia

Essay/
Politics and government
Return of the grotesque

The postmodern carnival has arrived, and there are good reasons to prefer François Rabelais’s version

Robert D Zaretsky