What are fabliaux?

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  1. plural of fabliau
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Their conversation as reported in the fabliaux and novelle was disquietingly frank.
Fabliaux dwell on the rabid lustfulness of old cuckolds, a tradition that informs the portrayal of Joseph in biblical drama.
Stories of witty cheats were an integral part of the European novella with its tradition of fabliaux.
Chaucer, in his description of the Miller, calls this merry narrator of fabliaux a jangler and a goliardeis.
Peasants form a large part in the parody and satire of medieval Europe from the fabliaux to plays.
In spite of the exaggeration, hyperbolism, and excessiveness, the fabliaux embody an authentic, deep sense of realism.

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