The Aesopic Fable Political Uses Of Theaesopic Fable - Essay

Political Uses Of Theaesopic Fable

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

POLITICAL USES OF THE AESOPIC FABLE

Annabel Patterson (essay date 1991)

SOURCE: "The Fable Is Inverted: 1628-1700," in Fables of Power: Aesopian Writing and Political History, pp. 81-109. Durham: Duke University Press, 1991.

[In the following essay, Patterson maintains that in seventeenth-century England the Aesopic fable was refined into a verbal weapon. No longer limited in range to local or temporal political issues, the genre was used to dealt with larger, more universal issues such as the conflict between absolute and parliamentary power.]

The world is chang'd and we have Choyces,
Not by most Reasons, but most...

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