Abstract

The Arabian Nights and the Panchatantra have both been studied from various perspectives. Both contain a large number of stories under one umbrella or frame-story, and the umbrella-story of each work has remained more stable through the ages than the set of stories contained within. This article is a comparative study of the two umbrella-stories, both of which have an identity independent of the stories they shelter. The comparative study proceeds from the observation that the structures of the two frame-stories are strikingly similar, though composed of completely different elements.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 272-285
Launched on MUSE
2004-08-27
Open Access
No
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