Feast of fools: the carnivalesque in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces

Here is a freely available paper by Julija Potrč that I chanced across and is to be found in Acta neophilologica. The image below is of a paperback I picked up for $10 this past summer to add to my CoD collection of covers.

In Confederacy, the normal existential mode of the main character is idleness, a state completely devoid of any rules and prohibitions and one in which he feels comfortable. Ironically, Ignatius sees the Middle Ages as a period when western man enjoyed “order, tranquility, unity and oneness with its True God” and blames the moral degradation (as he sees it) of the modern world on the loss of these ideals.