Beastly Talk: The <i>Fables</i>

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226059686
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226059693 | DOI:
Beastly Talk: The Fables

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This chapter examines language use in Marie de France's Fables. It suggests that the basic material of the fable gains the resonance of a didactic tale alongside the dit, beau dit, mots, beaux mots, or aventure which also carries the meaning “story.” It also mentions that the work fable is synonymous with a lie, with ruse, or with fiction. This chapter analyzes the extent to which the Lais and Fables should be read together and to what degree do they offer internal evidence of a single poetic persona.

Keywords: Fables; Marie de France; language; Lais; poetic persona; didactic tale

Chapter.  12797 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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