The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare [NOOK Book]

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"The English Romance in Time explores English romance literature across the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, studying romance motifs - quests and fairy mistresses, passionate heroines and rudderless boats and missing heirs - from the first emergence of the genre in French and Anglo-Norman in the twelfth century down to the early seventeenth. This is a continuous story, since the same romances that constituted the largest and most sophisticated body of secular fiction in the Middle Ages went on to enjoy a new and vibrant popularity at all social
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The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

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Overview

"The English Romance in Time explores English romance literature across the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, studying romance motifs - quests and fairy mistresses, passionate heroines and rudderless boats and missing heirs - from the first emergence of the genre in French and Anglo-Norman in the twelfth century down to the early seventeenth. This is a continuous story, since the same romances that constituted the largest and most sophisticated body of secular fiction in the Middle Ages went on to enjoy a new and vibrant popularity at all social levels in black-letter prints, as the pulp fiction of the Tudor age. This embedded culture was reworked for political and Reformation propaganda and for the 'writing of England', as well as providing a generous reservoir of good stories and dramatic plots. The different ways in which the same texts were read over several centuries, or the same motifs shifted meaning as understanding and usage altered, provide a revealing and sensitive measure of historical and cultural change. The book looks at those processes of change as well as the way the motifs themselves work, to offer a historical semantics of the language of romance conventions. It uncovers how politics and romance intersect - the point where romance comes true." The historicizing of the study of literature is belatedly leading to a wider recognition that the early modern world is built on medieval foundations. This book explores both the foundations and the building.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780191530272
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction : 'enter, pursued with a bear' 1
1 Quest and pilgrimage : 'the adventure that God shall send me' 45
2 Providence and the sea : 'no tackle, sail, nor mast' 106
3 Magic that doesn't work 137
4 Fairy monarchs, fairy mistresses : 'I am of ane other countree' 173
5 Desirable desire : 'I am wholly given over unto thee' 218
6 Women on trial 269
7 Restoring the rightful heir : 'if that which is lost be not found' 324
8 Unhappy endings : 'the most accursed, unhappy, and evil fortuned' 361
App Medieval romance in English after 1500 409
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