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Boccaccio's FabliauxMedieval Short Stories and the Function of Reversal$
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Katherine A. Brown

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049175

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049175.001.0001

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Fabliaux Reversals and La Grue

Fabliaux Reversals and La Grue

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(p.10) 1 Fabliaux Reversals and La Grue
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Boccaccio's Fabliaux
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Katherine A. Brown

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049175.003.0002

The first chapter establishes three distinct types of reversal in the fabliaux: rhetorical; narrative (or sociogenic); and structural (called inversion). Examples of each type demonstrate that reversal is a characteristic of the genre and that it serves to open the fabliaux to interpretation. Le Fablel de la Grue is taken as a model text in that it incorporates all three types of reversal. An analysis of the fabliau shows that they can combine different genres, such as exempla and lais, through reversal. A study of the manuscript contexts of La Grue shows how the fabliau interacts with contemporary texts and how each manuscript has its own characteristics.

Keywords:   chiasmus, fabliau, La Grue, lais, manuscript study, Marie de France, reversal

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