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. The project is divided into three sub-projects.
Sub-project 1 forms the basis of the entire project: it addresses the metadiscursive reflection on the use of images in fable books ? a reflection expressed in the paratexts and the fables themselves. This metadiscursive reflection will be studied throughout the entire illustrated fable production of the early modern period, in French, German, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Neo-Latin and Greek.
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.
Using recent methodological approaches in emblem studies, a synthesis of the three sub-projects will be made from the perspective of a specific form of the illustrated fable, namely the ?emblematic fable?, a hybrid form between fable and emblem. The entire project will be supported by source access in cooperation with the Fabula Numerica project (Paris, Sorbonne).


Boek of monografie

  • G.-J. van Dijk(2019): Aesopica posteriora. Medieval and Modern Versions of Greek and Latin Fables. III: Indices pp. 408 , Milaan

Hoofdstuk in boek

  • F. Rouget, P.J. Smith(2017): François Ier et la vie littéraire de son temps (1515-1547) pp. 121 - 134 , Paris
  • J. Hafner, P.J. Smith, R. Béhar, M. Blanco(2018): Villes à la croisée des langues (XVIe-XVIIe siècles). Anvers, Hambourg, Milan, Naples et Palerme. Städte im Schnittpunkt der Sprachen (16.-17. Jahrhundert). Antwerpen, Hamburg, Mailand, Neapel und Palermo pp. 777 - 790 , Genève
  • P.J. Smith, K.A.E. Enenkel, P.J. Smith(2018): Emblems and the Natural World pp. 149 - 183 , Leiden-Boston
  • P. Pelckmans, P.J. Smith(2018): La Fontaine en séries pp. 40 - 52 , Leiden-Boston
  • K.A.E. Enenkel, P.J. Smith, C. Göttler(2018): Solitudo. Spaces, Places, and Times of Solitude in Late Medieval and Early Modern Cultures pp. 531 - 560 , Leiden-Boston
  • P.J. Smith, R. Garrod, P.J. Smith(2018): Natural History in Early Modern France. The Poetics of an Epistemic Genre pp. 18 - 45 , Leiden-Boston
  • A.M. De Gendt, A.C. Montoya, P.J. Smith(2019): La pensée sérielle, du Moyen Age aux Lumières pp. 194 - 217 , Leiden - Boston

Wetenschappelijk artikel

  • P.J. Smith, H. Mos(2017): Trajectoires d'une fable illustrée: "La Cigale et la Fourmi", de Corrozet à La Fontaine, et au-delà RELIEF: Revue Electronique de Littérature Française pp. 96 - 113
  • L. Wepler(2017): The bad bat: on two painted fables by Pieter Boel in Frankfurt am Main and Munich Simiolus : Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art pp. 376 - 387
  • P.J. Smith(2018): Wandelen in Vondels Vorsteliicke Warande (1617 Jaarboek van het Genootschap van Bibliofielen 2017 pp. 35 - 65 ISSN: 1383-4584.
  • S. Nieberle, B. Welzel, L. Wepler, J. Kreische(2018): Tierfabelbilder in der Malerei des 17. ,18. und 19. Jahrhunderts Dortmunder Schriften zur Kunst pp. 163 - 168





Prof. dr. P.J. Smith

Verbonden aan

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS)


Dr. J.G.M. van Dijk, D.J.G. Geirnaert, Dr. L. Wepler, C.V. Zaepffel