Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Eighteen Anglo-Norman Fabliaux

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Eighteen Anglo-Norman Fabliaux

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Eighteen Anglo-Norman Fabliaux, ed. Ian Short and Roy Pearcy, Plain Text Series 14 (London: Anglo-Norman Text Society, 2000). 42 pp. ISBN 0-905474-40-6. Free to members of the society.

This first collection of Anglo-Norman fabliaux redresses a neglect both individual and collective. Individual, because insular versions of continental fabliaux have traditionally been denigrated; collective, because over half the texts here edited and convincingly defined as fabliaux have been marginalized in editions and studies of the corpus. By collocating all the Anglo-Norman fabliaux, the editors aim to refine our understanding of the genre and of the insular contribution to it. Their introduction discusses problems of definition, offering an illuminating new approach which finds the basis of fabliau humour in logic, false inferences, and reversal of truth values. Four texts are taken from the Fables of Marie de France, seven from the Disciplina clericalis, and seven from the fabliau canon (two receiving here the first critical edition of the Anglo-Norman version). All are single-manuscript editions. Previous editions are indicated. As one would expect from the editors, the work is highly competent. …

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