Fictions of Identity in Medieval France

Fictions of Identity in Medieval France

by Donald Maddox
     
 

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In this study of vernacular French narrative from the twelfth century through the later Middle Ages, Donald Maddox considers the construction of identity in a wide range of fictions. He focuses on crucial encounters, widespread in medieval literature, in which characters are informed about fundamental aspects of their own circumstances and selfhood. The study offers…  See more details below

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In this study of vernacular French narrative from the twelfth century through the later Middle Ages, Donald Maddox considers the construction of identity in a wide range of fictions. He focuses on crucial encounters, widespread in medieval literature, in which characters are informed about fundamental aspects of their own circumstances and selfhood. The study offers many new perspectives on the poetic and cultural implications of identity as an imaginary construct during the long formative period of French literature.

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ISBN-13:
9780521026383
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series, #43
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Donald Maddox, Professor of French and Italian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the author of The Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes (1991).

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