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n. pl. fab·li·aux (-lē-ō′, -ōz′)
A medieval verse tale characterized by comic, ribald treatment of themes drawn from life.

[French, from Old North French, from Old French fablel, diminutive of fable, fable; see fable.]


(ˈfæblɪˌəʊ; French fɑblijo)
n, pl fabliaux (ˈfæblɪˌəʊz; French fɑblijo)
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a comic, usually ribald, verse tale, of a kind popular in France in the 12th and 13th centuries
[C19: from French: a little tale, from fable tale]


(ˈfæb liˌoʊ)

n., pl. -li•aux (-liˌoʊz, -liˌoʊ)
a short metrical tale, usu. ribald and humorous, popular in medieval France.
[1795–1805; < French; Old North French form of Old French fablel, fableau <fable fable]
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Other notable fabliau studies include Charles Muscatine, The Old French Fabliaux (New Haven, Conn.
Farrell, `Privacy and the boundaries of fabliau in the Miller's Tale', ELH, 56 (1989), 773-95 (pp.
Has he forgotten that the intertext of the topos `seeing and understanding' extends from medieval literature back to at least classical antiquity (Oedipus, Tiresias, Yvain, Beroul, the fabliau, Boccaccio)?
In the AN fabliau, as opposed to its continental counterpart La Borgoise d'Orliens, the husband in his clerical disguise waits for his wife to keep her appointment `Desuth un perer' (pear tree).
The Bairds have noted the importance of this element of fabliau within the play "Joseph's Doubt" but Joseph himself fears the effects of such a marriage even before his betrothal: "An old man may nevyr thryff / With a zonge wyff, so God me saue" (10.
Their introduction discusses problems of definition, offering an illuminating new approach which finds the basis of fabliau humour in logic, false inferences, and reversal of truth values.
See also the female characters in the fabliau "Trois dames de Paris.
As a result, Muscatine offers great insights into the psychological realism of the French fabliau, sketches an outline for an analysis of the pathos in Chaucer that substitutes for overt religiosity and tempers the irony which was that author's natural response, delineates the protean style of the mature Chaucer, considers the use of space and spatial relations in medieval narrative with special emphasis on the surrealistic space of Piers Plowman, and even uses anthropology to propose a radical reassessment of sexual humour as not necessarily either shocking or satirical in late medieval literature--just funny.
Chapters are largely given over to a concise reading of the text, with occasional pauses to define key literary genres such as romance or fabliau, or to tie the discussion in with what Phillips describes in the introductory chapter as Chaucer's `many-faceted examination of the nature of authorship' (p.
Many proverbs and quotations illuminate the exempla, most of which speak of noble characters, although some -- `le ribaut' (line 191), `le marchant' (line 177) -- seem closer to the fabliau tradition.
Perhaps it was too close to a fabliau situation to guarantee a suitably elevated tone in live performance.
Jean Subrenat has produced important work in a number of areas, in particular on epic, romance, the Roman de Renart and fabliau, and religious literature.