Mikhail Bakhtin
Rabelais & His World

Russian writer Bakhtin is most famous for his contribution of an understanding of the grotesque, having studied French Renaissance writer and physician Francois Rablelais as a starting point. Mikhail Bakhtin focuses on the meaning of the body when seen as an expression of exaggerated forms, a series of orifices, and extensions. I’m interested in the ways that the definition of the grotesque emerges in the performance of sexuality in sex work.