The Complete Fables | Critical Essay by Arnold Clayton Henderson

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of The Complete Fables.
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Critical Essay by Arnold Clayton Henderson

SOURCE: "Medieval Beasts and Modern Cages: The Making of Meaning in Fables and Bestiaries," in PMLA, Vol. 97, No. 1, January 1982, pp. 40-49.

In the following essay, Henderson examines ways in which medieval fabulists freely modified Aesopic fablessometimes adding elaborate morals to suit their needsand looks critically at the rigidity of modern techniques for finding meaning in medieval works.

Not long ago, we were told that a poem should not mean but be. No one told the medieval author. He—or she—blithely layered meaning upon meaning. Noticing this difference -between then and now, we have made meaning—the original meaning and the original reader'sprocess of getting at it—the central issue in most modern criticism of medieval literature. How are meanings wrapped up in a text? How did the original audience...

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