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SOURCE:   Philology. Theory & Practice. Tambov: Gramota, 2013. 11. Part 2. P. 116-118.
SCIENTIFIC AREA: Philological Sciences
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Kritskaya Nadezhda Vadimovna
National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University

Abstract. The article considers the content features of John Gays fables. Referring to the fable in a period of national genre prosperity, Gay enriched its allegorical and didactic essences with the actual understanding of natural philosophy, culture and social structure of his time. The attempt of characters social typing, the introduction of parody elements into the text, allusions to folklore and literary materials, along with the understanding of "morality" as a tool for the promotion of enlightening ideas distinguish the original fables of Gay, who was awarded the title of "English La Fontaine".
Key words and phrases: , , , , , John Gay, English fable, poetics, classic tradition, Age of Enlightenment.
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