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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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Matthews's thirty-page introduction "traces the growth of the form through the history of literature" (Short-Story 4), from cave men through the fables of antiquity; through the fabliaux, the Gesta Romanorum, and the Decameron of the medieval period; through the Renaissance, through the essays and Gothic tales of the 18th Century, culminating in "the perfected form .
And the Harley manuscript (from the 1340s) that includes 'Alysoun' and other love lyrics also contains religious pieces in Latin prose and verse, and saints' lives, fabliaux, and poems in Anglo-Norman French (London, British Library, MS Harley 2253).
Their names suggest the fluency with which the animal-human species divide is transgressed, not only through the medieval fabliaux that subtend the play generically, but also through the Pythagorean philosophy that is satirized in the opening interlude.
In portraying the many wives (ladies and not) who deceive their husbands, and husbands who deceive their wives, with no lasting ill effect, Boccaccio often seems to imply, "no harm, no foul"--or at least to ask us to consider that proposition, as the fabliaux do.
Among their topics are rural space and agricultural space in the Old French fabliaux, answering the challenges of social decay in William Langland's Piers Plowman, Juan Manuel's Libro de la caza (ca 1325), Jews in the Austrian countryside during the 14th century, and developing a gendered logic of rural space in the Netherlandish visual tradition.
The essay thereby aims to place the text squarely into the tradition of the medieval fabliaux that, Bakhtin suggests, is characterised by ambivalence, is resistant to monologic interpretation, and which was largely superseded in the late Renaissance.
Unas primeras muestras de sentimiento anticlerical aparecen en varias obras literarias de la Edad Media como los fabliaux franceses (escritos entre 1159 y 1340) que representan a varios clerigos en conflictos amorosos, el Decameron de Boccaccio (1353) donde aparecen frailes en situaciones de promiscuidad o, en tierra espanola, el Libro de Buen Amor (1330-1343) que cuenta las andanzas alegres y las aventuras amorosas del Arcipreste de Hita.
Motif-index of Folk-literature; A Classification of Narrative Elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Mediaeval Romances, Exempla, Fabliaux, Jest-books, and Local Legends.
Motif-Index of Folk-Literature: A Classification of Narrative Elements in Folktales, Ballads, Myths, Fables, Mediaeval Romances, Exempla, Fabliaux, Jest-Books, and Local Legends.
Criticism tends to perceive dramas combination of Mariology and fabliau as an odd juxtaposition--especially since it is often assumed that fabliaux condemn women as lecherous and treacherous daughters of Eve.
3) De meme, Caylus combine ses recherches savantes avec l'ecriture de sa propre ceuvre "badine" : fabliaux modernes, nouvelles et romans medievistes.
Here I concur with Salih who has recently argued that those texts which discuss and depict sexual pleasure, such as fabliaux, romance and allegorical texts, are very different from Kempe's text; see Sarah Salih, "When Is a Bosom Not a Bosom?