Carnival is the people festivity based on laughter. Rooted in the middle ages, carnival comprises variegated pageants and spectacles in the marketplace, square and streets, chock-a-block with painted faces, mock king and queens, comic rituals, revelries and orgies, folk humour, parodies by clowns and fools. By modern times, the bourgeoisie proscribed Lawrenceces prescription for life enhancing instinctual package. This is the rationale behind writing this book. Bakhtin extended Carnival to 'Carnivalised Literature' which could covertly satirize undermine totalitarianism in any form. Lawrence, in his erotic vel Mr Noon, and some of his other exciting texts, excelled at the art of transgression, through his Carnivalesque defiance of the repressive, life-denying bourgeoise order. His characters act out his celebration of the liberated body. The serio-comic mode can indeed voice the deepest truth about world, life and literature.
LN Gupta is a Professor in English at the University of Burdwan, India. He has many publications to his credit.