The English Fable: Aesop and Literary Culture, 1651-1740
Cambridge University Press, 28.3.1996 - 234 sivua
Between 1651 and 1740 hundreds of fables, fable collections, and biographies of the ancient Greek slave Aesop were published in England. In The English Fable, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis describes the national obsession with Aesop's fables during this period as both a figural response to sociopolitical crises, and an antidote to emerging anxieties about authorship. Lewis traces the role that fable collections, Augustan fable theory, and debates about the figure of Aesop played in the formation of a modern, literate, and self-consciously English culture, and shows how three Augustan writers - John Dryden, Anne Finch, and John Gay - experimented with the seemingly marginal symbolic form of fable to gain access to new centres of English culture. Often interpreted as a discourse of the dispossessed, the fable in fact offered Augustan writers access to a unique form of cultural authority.
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The English fable
Aesopian examples the English fable collection and its authors 16511740
The first pieces of wit Augustan fable theory and the birth of the book
Common and uncommon characters the lives of Aesop
Brutal transactions mysterious writ Aesops fables and Drydens later poetry
In her transparent Laberynth obstructions of poetic justice in Anne Finchs fables
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actually Aesop Aesop's fables Aesopian ancient animal appear Augustan authority bear Beasts becomes begins Bentley body called Catholic century character claims classical common contemporary conventions critical Croxall cultural discourse Dryden's early edition eighteenth-century Elephant England English Esop essay example fable collection fabulists fiction figural Finch's Fontaine Fontaine's French Gay's hand Hind human important interpretation John kind L'Estrange L'Estrange's language later less letters lines linguistic lion literal literary lively London marks material matter meaning method moral natural never offer Ogilby Ogilby's original Panther particular performative Pieces poem poet poetic Poetry political possible practice Preface printed readers reading references Reflections relations relationship representation rhetorical seems sensible shared signifying signs speaking story structure suggests Swift's symbolic tell textual theory things translation true turn writing written
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