From Plato to Lancelot: A Preface to Chretien de Troyes

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Overview

Considered the most important figure in medieval French literature, Chrétien 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 Chrétien'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 Chrétien 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 Chrétien'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: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

K. Sarah-Jane Murray is assistant professor of medieval literature and French in the Honors College at Baylor University. She has published widely on Old French and medieval literature in venues such as the Philological Quarterly, Romance Quarterly, Oeuvres et Critique, Explicator, Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, and Florilegium.
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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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