Bawdier than The Canterbury Tales, The Fabliaux is the first major English translation of the most scandalous and irreverent poetry in Western literature.
Composed between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, these virtually unknown erotic and satiric poems lie at the root of the Western comic tradition. Passed down by the anticlerical middle classes of medieval France, The Fabliaux depicts priapic priests, randy wives, and their cuckolded husbands in tales that are shocking even by today’s standards. Chaucer and Boccaccio borrowed heavily from these riotous tales, which were the wit of the common man rebelling against the aristocracy and Church in matters of food, money, and sex. Containing 69 poems with a parallel Old French text, The Fabliaux comes to life in a way that has never been done in nearly eight hundred years.
|Publisher:||Liveright Publishing Corporation|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.90(d)|
About the Author
Nathaniel E. Dubin is a professor emeritus of modern classical languages at the College of Saint Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota.
R. Howard Bloch is the Sterling Professor of French at Yale University. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut, and is the author of numerous award-winning books on French literature and art.
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This review is not only for the content of the book, but for it's quality. First off let me say the book is a great read if you're into what it's about. My negative review and comments are solely to the quality of this books production quality. I had this book and only opened it maybe a total of three times and it came completely apart. The cover separated itself followed by the first few pages, it was very poorly bound and just fell apart, not to mention it was also printed crooked. All the lines on the pages were going at a downward angle. I ordered this from B&N online and took it back to the store here in Bloomington, IN and the woman was completely understanding and was just as upset as I was. We've ordered another copy to see how it turns out compared to the first, hopefully it's like what she said about the damaged book "It looks like it was 5 o'clock on a Friday". She advised I post a comment about it on here. So let's hope for a better book. As I said earlier it's a wonderful book with loads of great and saucy poetry.