Article published in:Reinardus: Yearbook of the International Reynard Society
Edited by Baudouin Van den Abeele and Paul Wackers
[Reinardus 20] 2008
► pp. 51–66
Fabliau intertextuality: Some connections between related comic narratives
In addition to borrowing from his own works, Gautier le Leu appears to be indebted to numerous other narratives for elements in his fabliaux. Le fol Vilain probably elaborates on some antecedent of La Sorisete des Estopes, and La Damoisele qui ne pooit oïr parler de foutre furnishes a conceit that reappears in Le sot Chevalier, Connebert, and Les deus Vilains. Although Gautier claims, in the opening lines of Connebert, to have written Le Prestre teint, the extant version of that fabliau is not by him, so his possible indebtness to Le Prestre et le Chevalier of Milles d’Amiens is speculative. Finally, the line of descent from the Alda of Guillaume de Blois through the Trubert of Douin to the anonymous L’Esquiriel connects not at all with Gautier, and only marginally with La Damoisele qui ne pooit oïr parler de foutre.
Published online: 12 December 2008