Heroes and Heroines in Medieval English Literature: A Festschrift Presented to Andre Crepin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday

Heroes and Heroines in Medieval English Literature: A Festschrift Presented to Andre Crepin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday

by Leo Carruthers
     
 
André Crépin, head of the English faculty at the Sorbonne, has made a great contribution to medieval English studies in France and in Europe. These studies in his honour reflect the wide range of his interests in Old and Middle English, fromBeowulf to Malory. Their linking theme is the literary and linguistic evolution of the hero, from the classic

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André Crépin, head of the English faculty at the Sorbonne, has made a great contribution to medieval English studies in France and in Europe. These studies in his honour reflect the wide range of his interests in Old and Middle English, fromBeowulf to Malory. Their linking theme is the literary and linguistic evolution of the hero, from the classic expression of the Germanic code to the chivalry of the knights of the Round Table, from Beowulf to Chaucer's knight to Sir Lancelot. Beowulf as archetypal hero is both the subject of and the concept behind more than one study; others, attempting to define heroism, grapple with the semantic problem posed by the absence of this word until very late in the medieval period; and the very notion of heroism is questioned as the passive hero or anti-hero emerges as a literary type, at the same time as the medieval consciousness of self developed. Contributors: GUY BOURGUIN, LEO CARRUTHERS, PETER CLEMOES, ANDY ORCHARD, ERIC STANLEY, JULIETTE DOR, DEREK BREWER, TERENCE P. DOLAN, JILL MANN, JOSSELINE BIBARD, JEAN-JACQUES BLANCHOT, JAMES WIMSATT, TERENCE McCARTHY, GLORIA CIGMAN.

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Literary criticism enhanced with linguistic and textual expertise traces the evolution of the hero from Beowulf through Chaucer's Knights to Sir Lancelot, from the classic Anglo Saxon expression of the Germanic code to the romantic chivalry of the Round Table. Some of the 14 essays search for an enduring core meaning of hero and heroism; others question the whole notion and describe the emergence of the passive or anti-hero as a literary type reflecting the development of the medieval concept of self. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859914154
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
10/20/1994
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
0.50(w) x 6.69(h) x 9.61(d)

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