Retelling Tales: Essays in Honor of Russell Peck

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Good stories are told over and over again. Each successive retelling transforms the narrative, the characters, details both minor and essential, and other elements of the story. This process of transformation is the subject of the studies in this volume, which explore the nature of narrative reshaping in specific tales - Biblical, Classical, historical, Arthurian -and between different media. Focusing in the main, but not exclusively, on the medieval period, the contributors go beyond the traditional areas of ...
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Overview

Good stories are told over and over again. Each successive retelling transforms the narrative, the characters, details both minor and essential, and other elements of the story. This process of transformation is the subject of the studies in this volume, which explore the nature of narrative reshaping in specific tales - Biblical, Classical, historical, Arthurian -and between different media. Focusing in the main, but not exclusively, on the medieval period, the contributors go beyond the traditional areas of source study to examine the social, historical, religious, gender and aesthetic motivations for retelling and reshaping stories. Professor THOMAS HAHNteaches in the English Department at the University of Rochester;Dr ALAN LUPACK is Curator of the Rossell Hope Robbins Library at the University of Rochester. Contributors: DEREK BREWER, THERESA COLETTI, ALFRED DAVID, JOHN V. FLEMING, THOMAS HAHN, RONALD HERZMAN, SARAH L. HIGLEY, DAVID LYLE JEFFREY, RICHARD KAEUPER, ANNE LASKAYA, ALAN LUPACK, MONICA E. MCALPINE, CHARLES A. OWEN, EVE SALISBURY, LYNN STALEY, JAMES I. WIMSATT, ROBERT YEAGER
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  • ISBN-13: 9780859914772
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/30/1997
  • Pages: 368

Table of Contents

Teaching as a Work of Art: The Career of Russell A. Peck 1
Retellings 9
Re-Reading the Story of Herod in the Middle English Innocents Plays 35
Chaucer's Adams 61
Sacred and Secular Exegesis in the Wyf of Bath's Tale 73
Old Wives' Tales and Masculine Intuition 91
The Book of the City of Ladies as a Twice-Told Tale 109
The Legend of the Learned Man's Android 127
Victimization and Legal Abuse: The Wycliffite Retelling of the Story of Susannah 161
Telling it Like it Was? Mark Twain's Rereading of Chivalry in Malory's Morte Darthur 179
Thomas Chestre's Revisions of Manhood in Sir Launfal 191
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Rebel Against the Story 213
The Burghers of Calais Chapters in a History 231
Chaucer's Manciple: Voice and Genre 259
Redressing Cinderella 275
Huntington 140: Chaucer, Lydgate and the Politics of Retelling 293
Segwarydes' Wife and Competing Perspectives Within Malory's Tale of Sir Tristram and Its Model, the Prose Tristan 321
"Scriptures Veteris Capiunt Exempla Futuri": John Gower's Transformation of a Fable of Avianus 341
Notes on Contributors 355
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