[Sca-cooks] A/S Competitions was Cooking Competitions

Sandra Kisner sjk3 at cornell.edu
Mon Nov 3 08:25:03 PST 2008

>The frame tale is an ancient form of story telling.  A bit like literary 
>"Russian Dolls" with one tale within another and another...  The best I 
>could do was about five layers in if memory serves me correctly.  An outer 
>layer frame set in the 16th century, an inner layer frame set at the time 
>of Richard's Crusade and then nights within that that framed their various 
>tales which occasionally framed takes within them.  "Canterbury Tales", 
>"The Decameron " and "1001 Nights" are the best known examples to modern 
>Engish speaking audiences albeit all in "translation".   "The Heptameron" 
>is less well know to such but is considered a classic of Frence 
>literature.  Tis well worth the effort to find in translation if you don't 
>read French.  "The Pentameron" in Italian is less known than the "The 
>Decameron" and to my mind deserves to be.  Burton did a translation of 
>it.  There are other examples just can't think of them this early in the 

The Pancatantra ("5 Tales," I believe) is a South Asian take on 
interlocking tales.  It's been quite a while since I last read it.


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