From Plato to Lancelot: A Preface to Chretien de Troyes

From Plato to Lancelot: A Preface to Chretien de Troyes

by K. Sarah-Jane Murray
     
 

ISBN-10: 081563160X

ISBN-13: 9780815631606

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Considered the most important figure in medieval French literature, Chr�tien de Troyes is credited with inventing the modern novel. The roots of his influential Arthurian romance narratives remain the subject of investigation and great debate among medieval scholars. In From Plato to Lancelot, K. Sarah-Jane Murray makes a highly original and profoundly significant…  See more details below

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Considered the most important figure in medieval French literature, Chr�tien de Troyes is credited with inventing the modern novel. The roots of his influential Arthurian romance narratives remain the subject of investigation and great debate among medieval scholars. In From Plato to Lancelot, K. Sarah-Jane Murray makes a highly original and profoundly significant contribution to current scholarship by locating Chr�tien's work at the intersection of two important traditions: one derived from Greco-Roman antiquity, the other from the Celtic world of the Atlantic seaboard.

Drawing on a broad range of sources, from Plato's Timaeus and Ovid's Metamorphoses to the anonymous Ovidian tales translated in the twelfth century and Marie de France's Lais, Murray demonstrates that Chr�tien and his contemporaries learned the importance of translation from the Mediterranean-centered classical tradition. She then turns to the Celtic world, examining how Irish monastic scholarship, as demonstrated by the Voyage of St. Brendan and Celtic saints' lives, influenced the cultural identity of medieval Europe and paved the way for an interest in Celtic stories and legends.

With penetrating insight and lucid prose, Murray locates Chr�tien's singular genius in his ability to look to the future and to lay the foundations for a thoroughly new, and French, tradition of vernacular storytelling.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815631606
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Pt. 1 The Mediterranean

1 Reading Plato, Writing Romance 3

2 Rewritings of Ovid 48

Pt. 2 The Atlantic

3 Brendan's Voyage 87

4 "The Wave Cry, the Wind Cry" 131

Pt. 3 France

5 The Dawn of Arthurian Romance 173

6 Lancelot and the Future of Lettreure 218

Conclusion 253

References 263

Index 291

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