Aesop | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by H. J. Blackham

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Aesop.
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Critical Essay by H. J. Blackham

SOURCE: H. J. Blackham, in an introduction to The Fable as Literature, The Athlone Press, 1985, pp. xi-xxi.

In the following excerpt, Blackham defines the fable through a discussion of its traditional definition, its relation to parable and allegory, its images, its purpose, and its sources.

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A reviewer who refers to a book as 'fable', casually or more intentionally, probably has in mind an eighteenth-century 'conte philosophique ', described by Voltaire as a work which says more than it seems to say; he might indeed be thinking of Candide. Any non-literary person asked about fable would most likely think of Aesop. The two are not as far apart as they seem. Aesop's Fables, in one compilation or another, have an honourable lineage in literature and in education; they are fables, not...

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