Logic and Humour in the Fabliaux
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Logic and Humour in the Fabliaux

An Essay in Applied Narratology

by Roy J. Pearcy

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A theoretically defensible inventory of the fabliaux based on a new structural definition.

Joseph Bédier's 1893 definition of the fabliaux as 'funny stories in verse' is still widely accepted as the best brief and general description for a heterogeneous collection of texts. But the heterogeneity creates difficulties and at the periphery of the canon all three of the criteria included in Bédier's definition are open to question. The inventory proposed in the current study is based on a new structural definition, a conjointure, akin to that of romance, combining a logical episteme with a rhetorical narreme. The episteme features a contradictory taken from Boolean algebra, and assumes four different forms, depending on whether ambiguity resulting from the contradictory is understood by neither, by both, or by either the sender or the receiver of a message, In the first two instances, a character foreign to the episteme intervenes to resolve confusion in the narreme, or appears as the victim of the sophistical assumption of a contrary-to-fact reality; in the latter instances the sender or the receiver of the message in the episteme triumphs in the narreme. The resulting inventory, including and augmenting the texts admitted by Per Nykrog and discarding numerous stories already challenged for authenticity, is theoretically defensible to a degree not previously achieved.

ROY PEARCY is anHonorary Research Fellow of the University of London.
Introduction
Origins: Fable to fabliau. Cele qui se fist foutre sur la Fosse de son Mari
Outline of a Methodology [I]: The Logical Contradictories
Outline of a Methodology [II]: Episteme and Narreme
Origins: Fabliau to fable. The Paris B.N. fr. 12603 version of Auberee
The Fabliau canon
Fabliau structures [I]: Single narreme fabliaux
Fabliau structures [II]: Multiple narreme fabliaux
Fabliau aesthetic
Conclusion
Appendices
Fabliau inventory
Bibliography
Index

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Title Details

260 Pages

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10 line illus.

Series: Gallica

Series Vol. Number: 7

Imprint: D.S.Brewer