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.
Chaucer, in his description of the Miller, calls this merry narrator of fabliaux a jangler and a goliardeis.
The French dits and fabliaux teem with allusions to this custom.
Literary history aside, these anti-establishment, anti-ecclesiastical fabliaux are pure, unadulterated fun.
Stories of witty cheats were an integral part of the European novella with its tradition of fabliaux.
Fabliaux were characterized by vivid detail and realistic observation and were usually comic, coarse, and often cynical, especially in their treatment of women.

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