publication . Article . 2007

Opening-Up Aesop's Fables : heteroglossia in Slade & Toni Morrison and Pascal Lemaître's "The Ant or the Grasshopper?"

Bragard, Véronique;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2007
  • Publisher: University of Florida
  • Country: Belgium
Abstract
Fables, characterized by their featuring animals and containing a moral, are among the earliest forms of storytelling. With its aim to simultaneously teach and entertain, playfully imparting wisdom, fabulist thinking has been used as a complex medium of political analysis and resistance against tyranny or royal negligence, for example (see Patterson, 1991). Although they occupy a marginal position, fables are still present in children's literature. While new fables are being written, old ones are retold in a variety of ways. "The Ant and the Grasshopper" has become a master-narrative that has been adapted throughout the ages. First written by the slave Aesop in ...
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