Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Richard L. Lane
Most of the recent critical comment of Robert Henryson’s The Moral Fabillis of Esop The Phrygain has been directed toward the relation between the two parts of each fable: (1) the narrative itself and (2) the moralitas, an allegorical interpretation which follows each narrative. The moralitas interpretations do not always follow expected patterns and, in fact, may seem highly artificial and contrived when compared to the more natural and familiar animal stories which make up the fables themselves. It is probably this element of the unexpected in Henryson’s interpretations of the thirteen fables that has called attention to the fable-moralitas relationship.
Raabe, David M., "Diversity in the narrative-moralitas relationship of Robert Henryson's The Morall Fabillis of Esope the Phyrgian" (1969). Student Work. 3157.
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