pantomime (re: chapter 19, 'dialogue' between Panurge and the Englishman

Is the shift from the spoken word to bodily gestures (that normally just accompany a scholarly dialogue) and to pantomime a reference to the discovery of new modes of expression in the Renaissance which place the body at the center? And if so, why?

(Is a reading of this scene possible that not just focuses on the parodistic quality of what is taking place?)