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Title: The English Fabliau in the 15th and 16th Centuries
Authors: Parsons, Ben
First Published: 2-Jul-2013
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Citation: Literature Compass, 2013, 10 (7), pp. 544-558
Abstract: In the fifteenth and 16th centuries, the fabliau attained a belated vogue in English. This paper offers a review of existing criticism on the English fabliaux, outlining the main issues it addresses, as well as suggesting the future directions scholarship might take. In particular, it offers a detailed analysis of how English writers after Chaucer tried to bring the fabliau genre into line with 15th-century notions of orthodoxy, a project which caused them to confront the challenges of the Lollard heresy in subtle but pervasive ways. It also notes that the very tactics used by the fabliaux to uphold late-medieval orthodoxy against Wycliffism rendered them all the more popular after the Reformation, despite their obvious Catholic sympathies. It is concluded that these two elements in the texts merit closer study, as they resonate with recent assessments of the period and its culture.
DOI Link: 10.1111/lic3.12073
ISSN: 1741-4113
Version: Pre-print
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Literature Compass, 2013, 10 (7), pp. 544-558, which has been published in final form at
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