Helen Oyeyemi: Mr Fox (2106 words)


In British folk tales, the figure of Mr. Fox, often also called Reynardine, appears as a clever manipulator, seducing young and beautiful women to kill them in his castle. [Reynard the Fox is a literary cycle of medieval allegorical Dutch, English, French and German fables, reaching from the twelfth century, throughout the middle ages, into the early modern period (cf. Parlevliet 2008).] The fairy tale of “Mr. Fox” is closely interlinked with a variety of other tales which tell – in essence – the very same story, among them The Brothers Grimm’s “The Robber Bridegroom” (tale number 40, Aarne-Thompson type 955) or “Fitcher’s Bird” (also known as “Fowler&…

Citation: Leetsch, Jennifer. "Mr Fox". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2019 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35618, accessed 27 July 2021.]

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