Bowen, Barbara C. Enter Rabelais, Laughing. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 1998. Each chapter is a different study of laughter: “literary,” “humanist,” the “comic lawyer,” the “comic doctor.” Includes notes and bibliography.
Carron, Jean-Claude, ed. François Rabelais: Critical Assessments. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995. A selection and revision of papers delivered at a 1991 symposium at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Chesney, Elizabeth A., and Marcel Tetel. Rabelais Revisited. New York: Twayne, 1993. A good introduction to the novels, with an annotated bibliography of important studies on Rabelais. Examines relationships between men and women in the works.
Coleman, Dorothy Gabe. Rabelais: A Critical Study in Prose Fiction. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1971. A meticulous analysis of Rabelais as a prose stylist and of the genres in which he wrote.
Frame, Donald M. François Rabelais: A Study. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977. A detailed study of Rabelais’s life and work, including several chapters on his major fiction and on topics such as obscenity, comedy, satire, fantasy, storytelling, giantism, humanism, evangelism, characters, and fortunes. Includes detailed notes and an annotated bibliography.
Greene, Thomas M. Rabelais: A Study in Comic Courage. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1970. Often cited as the best introductory study of Rabelais.
O’Brien, John, and Malcolm Quainton, eds. Distant Voices Still Heard: Contemporary Readings of French Renaissance Literature. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2000. A collection of paired essays on five major authors, including Rabelais.