The Conspiracy of Allusion: Description, Rewriting, and Authorship from Macrobius to Medieval Romance

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Chrétien de Troyes's reference to Macrobius on the art of description is indicative of the link between the vernacular literary tradition of rewriting and the Latin tradition of imitation. Crucial to this study are writings that bridge the span between elementary school exercises in imitation and the masterpieces of the art in Latin and French. The book follows the development of the medieval art of imitation through Macrobius and commentaries on Horace's Art of Poetry and then applies it to the interpretation of...

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Overview

Chrétien de Troyes's reference to Macrobius on the art of description is indicative of the link between the vernacular literary tradition of rewriting and the Latin tradition of imitation. Crucial to this study are writings that bridge the span between elementary school exercises in imitation and the masterpieces of the art in Latin and French. The book follows the development of the medieval art of imitation through Macrobius and commentaries on Horace's Art of Poetry and then applies it to the interpretation of works on the Trojan War, consent in love and marriage, and lyric and vernacular insertions.

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'This book deserves widespread, serious attention as a valuable contribution to our understanding of the conceptual and technical background of the authors of twelfth/ and thirteenth-century vernacular romance.'
Donald Maddox, Speculum, 2002.
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Douglas Kelly, Ph.D. (1962) in French, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is Professor Emeritus of French and Medieval Studies there. He has published extensively on medieval literature, especially on medieval poetics and its use for the interpretation of French and Latin writing.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Macrobius in the High Middle Ages
Macrobius’s Contextual Environment in the Middle Ages
Appendix: Saturnalia Manuscripts to the Early Thirteenth Century
2. Macrobius on the Art and Modes of Description
The Description of Erec’s Coronation Robe
Ethos and Pathos in Description
Description in Latin, with Special Reference to Macrobius
The Descriptive Model as Archetype: Imitation and Emulation
The Saturnalia’s Writing Program
A Model for Original Description
Reception
3. Bridge Works in and between the Medieval Latin and Vernacular Traditions
Description as Rewriting from Macrobius to the High Medieval Commentaries on Horace
Medieval Models of Description
Description in Classroom Compositions
Twelfth-Century Commentaries on Horace’s Art of Poetry
Bridge Works in Medieval Poetics
Description as Topical Invention
Imitation and Allusion in the French Tradition
French versus Latin Rewriting
4. Troy in Latin and French: Joseph of Exeter’s Ylias and Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie
Description in Joseph’s Ylias
Description in Benoît’s Troie
5. The Issue and Topics of Consent in Eneas, Erec, and the Bel Inconnu
Consent as a Moral and Social Issue in Gradus amoris
The Description of Consent in Gradus amoris
6. New Modes of Description in Romance
Narrative
Insertions
From Lyric Insertion to Narrative Investment
The New Mode of Writing Romance

Conclusion

Bibliography
Primary works
Secondary works
Indices
Index of Titles
Index of Names
Index of Places
Index of Subjects

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