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Récit sériel, sagesse(s) et animal exemplaire

  • Publication type: Journal article
  • Journal: Cahiers de recherches médiévales et humanistes / Journal of Medieval and Humanistic Studies
    2014 – 1, n° 27
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  • Author: Eichel-Lojkine (Patricia)
  • Abstract: The well-known fable of the hound that presents itself to its horrified master soaked in blood after saving a baby from a snake serves as an illustration of a universal lesson about impulsiveness. From its beginnings in Indian and Arabic ­culture, it has been ­continuously refashioned through ­cultural transfer. Once assimilated as an exemplum by the Christian world, the story claims to serve as proof, but proof of what, exactly ? Its didactic value inevitably changes with each reformulation. Starting from a ­comparable, or at least recognizable, narrative matrix, the meaning may at times be ­considerably altered from that of its Arabic forebears ; this can be related to the pervasive influence of a number of Christian paradigms. If the Middle Ages had reasons of its own to invest this tale of wisdom with great significance, this was not necessarily the case in the 16th and 17th centuries. These later versions of the tale ultimately raise the issue of how a story that has become obsolete can ensure its survival in the publishing marketplace.
  • Pages: 313 to 342
  • ISBN: 978-2-8124-3515-7
  • ISSN: 2115-6360
  • DOI: 10.15122/isbn.978-2-8124-3516-4.p.0313
  • Publisher: Classiques Garnier
  • Collection / Journal: Journal of Medieval and Humanistic Studies, n° 27
  • Parution date: 01-30-2015
  • Last edition: 2015
  • Language: French

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