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Beastly Talk: The Fables

Beastly Talk: The Fables

Chapter:
(p.111) CHAPTER FOUR Beastly Talk: The Fables
Source:
The Anonymous Marie de France
Author(s):
R. Howard Bloch
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0005

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

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