Chapter: English Literature During The Middle Ages
I've made it clear how much I love "Lanval." It's my favorite story in the Arthur myth; hilarious, sexy, fun, and dramatic, "Lanval" is just great. I mention this only because holy crap, do Marie's fables suck. They're really bloody terrible. I mean, I know they're just her renditions of traditional oral fables - largely the same material that was mined by Aseop. But still, traditional or not, these things are just mind-numbling bad. Some of them don't even make sense, which is a point that'll be aptly made tomorrow.
In any event, the worst part of these fables is how "on the nose" the morals are. Marie leaves absolutely no breathing room for interpretation - after telling her little story about weird talking animals, she herself simply comes out and tells you what it's all supposed to mean. It's like she wanted to save "Cliff's Notes" the trouble two-thousand years early by just explaining the point to morons.
Author: Marie de France • Year: c. 1170 • Info:Wikipedia