Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Fables Avant la Fontaine

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Les Fables Avant la Fontaine

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Fables avant La Fontaine, ed. Jeanne-Marie Boivin, Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, and Laurence Harf-Lancner, Publications Romanes et Françaises 25 3 (Geneva: Droz, 201 1). 504pp.; 15 illustrations. ISBN 978-2-600-01452-6. euro63.30. A collection of twenty-six essays on the various literary traditions and uses of fables, divided into three sections, namely classical and Byzantine, medieval, and humanist and neoclassical. The essays trace the content and context of fables from Hesiod to La Fontaine himself, the medieval section being the largest, with eleven contributions. In the first section Pierre Chiron outlines their use in Greek literary criticism, Daniel Loayza examines a fable in Hesiod's Works, and Carlos Levy considers the influence of the Cynics on fables. Jean-Damien Sondag looks at Horace's fables, Gert-Jan van Dijk gives a historical survey of ancient Greek fables, and Corinne Jouanno discusses the figure of Aesop in the Greek Life of Aesop. In the medieval section, Christiane Veyrard-Cosme writes on Alcuin and Theodulf. Feruccio Bertini calls for a new edition of Ademar of Chabannes, Marie-Anne Polo de Beaulieu examines the use of fables by mendicant orders, and Emanuela Salvadori outlines recent research on the Anonymus Neveleti. …

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