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.
Chaucer, in his description of the Miller, calls this merry narrator of fabliaux a jangler and a goliardeis.
Fabliaux were comical and often grotesque stories in which the characters most often succeed by means of their sharp wits.
Fabliaux were characterized by vivid detail and realistic observation and were usually comic, coarse, and often cynical, especially in their treatment of women.
Literary history aside, these anti-establishment, anti-ecclesiastical fabliaux are pure, unadulterated fun.

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