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Marie's <i>Fables</i> and the Rise of the Monarchic State

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0007
Marie's Fables and the Rise of the Monarchic State

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This chapter examines the meaning of Marie de France's Fables in relation to the rise of the monarchic state. It suggests that the Fables represents the institutionalization of the violence of the feudal world within the new civil space of city and court where the predatory instinct takes the form of envy. This chapter also argues that the conflict between logic and the body and Marie's thoughts about the absolutism of appetite are depicted in the presence and role of the animal appetites in human relations.

Keywords: Fables; Marie de France; monarchic state; violence; feudal world; predatory instinct; logic; the body; animal appetites; human relations

Chapter.  13969 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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