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Reading Undercover: Audience and Authority in Jean de La Fontaine

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Reading Undercover examines author/audience relations in the works of Jean de La Fontaine. Focusing on the Fables, Les Amours de Psyche et de Cupidon, and the Contes, Birberick shows how La Fontaine is a largely subversive artist who uses techniques of concealment and disclosure to foster a newly emerging and essentially anticanonical reading public, even as he seeks to establish himself within a conventional system of literary patronage.

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