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Indicates possible new sources both for some of Boccaccio’s stories and for his frame narrative.
--Modern Language Review
Brown has certainly done an excellent job of studying the fabliaux in their manuscript context and building convincing lines of reception realized by this Italian Renaissance poet.
In this thoroughly researched and well-cited book, Katherine A. Brown explores extensively the literary evolution of the popular fabliau genre as an influential element in the short narrative form used in Boccaccio’s collection of novellas.
Discusses the mutual influences of medieval short forms, bringing into view the web of forces at work between fabliaux, exempla, dits, lais, fables, and medieval adaptions of Eastern collections. . . .Brown’s open approach to fabliau sources and influences allows her to cast an inclusive and comprehensive eye on the field of medieval short forms.
--The Medieval Review