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dc.contributor.authorRubin, David Leeen_US
dc.identifier.isbn9780814205433 (alk. paper)en_US
dc.identifier.other8179 (Access ID)en_US
dc.description.abstractIt has been almost exactly fifteen years since I found this book. Well, I am glad to get to it now! Rubin writes in his introduction that he sets out to assess the revolution occurring since the early 1960's in the study of La Fontaine's Fables. The new wave was pioneered by Couton's La Poétique de La Fontaine. The introduction goes on to review the steps in the revolution through the critical literature both French and English. From the many issues raised, Rubin selects three problems for treatment here. First, what is fable? What are the constants and the variables in this genre? Secondly, how does La Fontaine stand in relation to Lucretius, his Epicurean source? My second essay will argue that La Fontaine was by turns orthodox, elaborative, and revisionist in his lucretian epicureanism (xv). And thirdly, what is the underlying principle of structure in the individual books of La Fontaine's 'Fables'? (xv). The author sets out to do the kind of tracking that can establish a contour for each individual book. A final essay asks the question What place does this masterpiece occupy in the history of the seventeenth-century French lyric? (xvi). His answer includes the assertion that the fables may be best understood as a final elaboration of the baroque poetic, as well as a companion piece to Boileau's 'Satires' (xvi). His trust is that a reading of La Fontaine invariably begins in delight and ends in wisdom (xvi). I am eager to jump into those four essays the next time I have the opportunity to teach La Fontaine's fables!en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityDavid Lee Rubinen_US
dc.publisherOhio State University Pressen_US
dc.subject.lccPQ1808.R8 1991en_US
dc.titleA Pact with Silence: Art and Thought in the Fables of Jean de La Fontaineen_US
dc.typeBook, Whole
dc.acquired.locationThe Avid Reader, Chapel Hill, NCen_US
dc.cost.usCost: $15.00en_US
dc.description.bindingThis is a hardbound book (hard cover)en_US
dc.description.coverThis book has a dust jacket (book cover)en_US
dc.description.note3First printingen_US
dc.subject.local1Jean de La Fontaineen_US

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