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ERIC Number: EJ792450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0045-6713
Hunting Reynard: How "Reynard the Fox" Tricked His Way into English and Dutch Children's Literature
Parlevliet, Sanne
Children's Literature in Education, v39 n2 p107-120 Jun 2008
This article examines adaptations in their capacity of preserving literary heritage. It describes how the Middle Dutch beast epic "Reynard the Fox" lost its position in literature for adults and became part of a literary heritage that was no longer read but only studied for its historical value. Versions for children kept the story alive. A comparison of English and Dutch adaptations of the beast epic demonstrates the influence of different cultural contexts on transformation strategies used to cross the bridge between the rough medieval satire and children's literature. While English adaptations affiliated the story to other genres, its status as the embodiment of Dutch national character compelled Dutch rewriters to find a satisfying justification to provide children with a story lead by a remarkably scandalous hero.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands; United Kingdom (England)