Beast Epic

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Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

A genre beginning with Aesop's fables (6th century BC) and common in the middle ages. It comprises a sequence of tales (beast fables) about animals with human characteristics which were intended to be read allegorically.

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Editors. "Beast Epic". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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