The Beast Fable from Aesop to Zootopia

Autumn 2018-2019


Jo Nixon

In this course, we will read collections of medieval beast fables to theorize what Geoffrey Chaucer, John Lydgate, Robert Henryson, and others found compelling about animals in various states of personification. In addition, we will look to contemporary forms of the genre to consider how this mode of storytelling continues to provoke analysis and evade interpretation. Previous work in Middle English is not required. (Pre-1650)