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Introduction

Jill Mann

in From Aesop to Reynard: Beast Literature in Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199217687
eISBN:
9780191712371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217687.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

The Introduction provides a concise survey of the historical development of beast literature in western Europe, which will serve as background for later chapters. It traces the medieval tradition of ... More


How Animals Mean

Jill Mann

in From Aesop to Reynard: Beast Literature in Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199217687
eISBN:
9780191712371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217687.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

This chapter provides a theoretical basis for the discussion of individual works in subsequent chapters. Taking examples from the Latin prose rendition of Phaedran fables known as the Romulus ... More


Conclusion

Jill Mann

in From Aesop to Reynard: Beast Literature in Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199217687
eISBN:
9780191712371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217687.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

The Conclusion re‐emphasizes the two major themes running through the works discussed. The first is the power of nature, which is sometimes connected with the idea of social hierarchy, and sometimes ... More


The Owl and the Nightingale

Jill Mann

in From Aesop to Reynard: Beast Literature in Medieval Britain

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199217687
eISBN:
9780191712371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217687.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

The redundancy of language is also a source of comedy in The Owl and the Nightingale, a Middle English debate‐poem which draws on an eclectic range of traditions—lyric, bestiary, fable, lai, as well ... More


Feminine Disguise in The Hind and the Panther

Anne Cotterill

in Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199261178
eISBN:
9780191717598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261178.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines the disguise and threat of the feminine in Dryden's long, bewildering beast fable, The Hind and the Panther (1687), which apparently defends James II's Edict of Toleration while ... More


From Aesop to Reynard: Beast Literature in Medieval Britain

Jill Mann

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199217687
eISBN:
9780191712371
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217687.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

What do stories about animals have to tell us about human beings? This book analyses the shrewd perceptions about human life—and especially human language—that emerge from narratives in which the ... More


Hamlet’s Debt to Spenser’s Mother Hubberds Tale: A Satire on Robert Cecil?

Rachel E. Hile

in Shakespeare and Spenser: Attractive Opposites

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719079627
eISBN:
9781781701058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719079627.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter discusses the use of animal imagery in Hamlet and Mother Hubberds Tale. It observes that most analyses of the animal imagery in these plays focus on iconographic and symbolic meanings ... More


Digressive Voices in Early Modern English Literature

Anne Cotterill

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199261178
eISBN:
9780191717598
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261178.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This book begins and ends with the intellectual and imaginative pleasures of narrative wandering. ‘To digress’ in early modern England carried a range of associations with authority and gender, from ... More


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