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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.]
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(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]
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(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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Critics have often discussed the significance of the elements of courtly romance in Chaucer's Reeve's Tale, Miller's Tale, and Merchant's Tale.(1) There has been little interest, however, in the converse relationship, the significance of fabliau elements in Chaucer's writing in other genres.
Gaunt foregrounds matters of gender in each of his chosen genres, but concedes that in certain cases - notably the fabliau - a concern with gender is less crucial to the ideology of the genre than in others.
The Fabliau in English hardly seems an appropriate choice of title for a book that offers `an assessment of the place of the history of fabliau within the history of literary genres in Europe from the Middle Ages to the modern era' (p.
A 13th-century French fabliau, Cocagne, was possibly intended to ridicule the idea of the mythical Avalon, the Island of the Blest.
Offering a wealth of illustrations of her reading strategy, Burns begins with the heroines of farce and fabliau, characters one might suppose least amenable to feminist interpretation.
The tales fabliau structure is sacred historical as well: it moves from the conception and creation of an inadequate earthly Eden (the unappetizing senex January's acquisition of a toothsome bride May and her installation in a garden) to a fall within that paradise (May's arboreal sex with Damyan in front of her now blind husband).
She discusses his belief that three medieval forms: the epic, the fabliau and the Arthurian cycles came from three different traditions.
It will be the contention of this essay that contrary to general opinion, the fabliau narratives in The Canterbury Tales on which Chaucer lavished so much attention do not constitute a detour from the philosophical interests visible in the rest of his poetry.
SCHOLARS have long recognized the role of parody in the MS D version of the fabliau "Berenger au long cul." Specifically, Roy J.
As a wife who has vowed chastity with her elderly husband, Mary's pregnancy is doubly suspicious: has she, in the tradition of the fabliau, been unfaithful to her aged husband; or has the couple's vow of chastity been broken, thus confirming fifteenth-century qualms over the unusual custom of chaste marriage?
In the Einaudi text it is explained that this fabliau was in fact the ending of Sesso?
fabliau also known as fableau plural fabliaux or fableauxFrench, from Old French (Picard dialect) fabliau (in other dialects fablel, fableau ), diminutive of fable fable