Aesopian Fables 1500-2010: Word, Image, Education
This project aims to study the Aesopian fable from 1500 to the present day in its complex relationship between text, illustration and education, adopting a broad, transnational perspective.
- Paul Smith
The project is divided into three sub-projects.
Sub-project 1 addresses the metadiscursive reflection on the use of images in fable books – a reflection expressed in the paratexts and the fables themselves.
Sub-project 2 focuses on the fable in France, examining how the illustrated fable has been used in education and teaching, from 1500 to 2010.
Sub-project 3 deals with the emergence of a pictorial genre, the "Tierfabelstück" (animal fable painting), practised by Frans Snyders, Melchior d’Hondecoeter, Jean-Baptiste Oudry and many others.