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Title: A Play of Three Suitors: A Neglected Middle Dutch Version of the “Entrapped Suitors” Story (ATU 1730)
Authors: Parsons, Ben
Jongenelen, Bas
First Published: 27-Feb-2008
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor & Francis)
Citation: Folklore, 2008, 119 (1), pp. 58-70
Abstract: The wide diffusion of the “Entrapped Suitors” story-type has often been observed: examples are found in a remarkable number of literatures, ranging from English, French and Greek in the West, to Persian, Arabic and Kashmiri in the East. However, a text of this type that is often overlooked is the Middle Dutch play Een Speel Van Drie Minners (“A Play of Three Suitors”). This is despite the fact that it represents a highly idiosyncratic variation on the story, as it replaces the central moral with something more scabrous. We offer here a comprehensive discussion of this singular text and its narrative form, with an English verse-translation appended.
DOI Link: 10.1080/00155870701806209
ISSN: 0015-587X
eISSN: 1469-8315
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2008 The Folklore Society. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is an electronic version of an article published in Ben Parsons & Bas Jongenelen (2008): A Play of Three Suitors: A Neglected Middle Dutch Version of the “Entrapped Suitors” Story (ATU 1730), Folklore, 119:1, 58-70. Folklore is available online at:
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