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Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching #32: Fables

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Publisher Comments:

Marie de France, one of the best-known medieval women, is justly famous for her Lais, but her longer work, the Fables, has been newly discovered by modern audiences. This collection of 103 tales is the earliest extant vernacular collection of fables from western Europe.

Marie de France's sources are not clear; she appears to claim a unique source, but that is obviously not true; the first forty tales are part of the Latin tradition, specifically the Romulus Nilantii, but the other sixty-three seem to come from all over: other Greek and Latin works, fabliaux, monks' tales, the Panchatantra, and the folk traditions of Italy, Germany, Greece, France, and the Middle East. Whatever her source, she contributed her own perspective - a wry fatalism, timely social commentary, and a feminine perspective.

Harriet Spiegel's translation follows the original closely; the rhyming couplets not only render the tone and form of Marie de France's text with sympathy and fidelity, but also are particularly apt for the genre and sit squarely in the tradition of the English verse fable.

Originally published by University of Toronto Press, 1987.

Synopsis:

Comprising the 103 tales that form the earliest extant vernacular collection of fables from western Europe, this edition captures the fresh and lively tone of Marie de France's text. This is a reprint of the first edition published in 1987. 'Spiegel provi

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802076366
Editor:
Spiegel, Harriet
Translator:
Spiegel, Harriet
Translator:
Spiegel, Harriet
Editor:
Spiegel, Harriet
Author:
France, Marie
Author:
Spiegel
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Location:
Toronto :
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Fables
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Fables, French.
Subject:
Fables, French -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references: p. 263.
Series:
Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching
Series Volume:
SC 6545-8-D4232
Publication Date:
19941031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
282
Dimensions:
9.20x6.02x.88 in. .94 lbs.

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