The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance [NOOK Book]

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This Companion presents fifteen original and engaging essays by leading scholars on one of the most influential genres of Western literature. Chapters describe the origins of early verse romance in twelfth-century French and Anglo-Norman courts and analyze the evolution of verse and prose romance in France, Germany, England, Italy, and Spain throughout the Middle Ages. The volume introduces a rich array of traditions and texts and offers fresh perspectives on the manuscript context of romance, the relationship of...
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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance

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Overview

This Companion presents fifteen original and engaging essays by leading scholars on one of the most influential genres of Western literature. Chapters describe the origins of early verse romance in twelfth-century French and Anglo-Norman courts and analyze the evolution of verse and prose romance in France, Germany, England, Italy, and Spain throughout the Middle Ages. The volume introduces a rich array of traditions and texts and offers fresh perspectives on the manuscript context of romance, the relationship of romance to other genres, popular romance in urban contexts, romance as mirror of familiar and social tensions, and the representation of courtly love, chivalry, 'other' worlds and gender roles. Together the essays demonstrate that European romances not only helped to promulgate the ideals of elite societies in formation, but also held those values up for questioning. An introduction, a chronology and a bibliography of texts and translations complete this lively, useful overview.
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"an excellent introduction...and a valuable resource." Choice

"A thorough index, select chronology, bibliography of texts and translations, and several illuminations from medieval manuscripts make this an excellent introduction for upper-division undergraduate students and a valuable resource for graduate students and faculty." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139815536
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
A selective chronology
Introduction 1
1 The shape of romance in medieval France 13
2 Marvels of translation and crises of transition in the romances of Antiquity 29
3 Romance and other genres 45
4 The manuscript context of medieval romance 60
5 Courts, clerks, and courtly love 81
6 The societal role of chivalry in romance: northwestern Europe 97
7 The other worlds of romance 115
8 Question of gender in Old French courtly romance 132
9 Women and men in late medieval English romance 150
10 The evolution and legacy of French prose romance 167
11 Medieval German romance 183
12 Chivalry and medieval Italian romance 203
13 Gawain and popular chivalric romance in Britain 218
14 Middle English romance: family, marriage, intimacy 235
15 Romance at the crossroads: medieval Spanish paradigms and Cervantine revisions 253
Editions and translations 267
Index 280
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