The Evolution of Arthurian Romance: The Verse Tradition from Chretien to Froissart

The Evolution of Arthurian Romance: The Verse Tradition from Chretien to Froissart

by Beate Schmolke-Hasselmann
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521025656

ISBN-13: 9780521025652

Pub. Date: 03/31/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Beate Schmolke-Hasselmann's study of Arthurian verse romance was first published in German in 1985, but her radical argument that we need urgently to redraw the lines on the literary and linguistic map of medieval Britain and France is only now being made available in English. Updated with a new foreword and a supplementary bibliography, this study serves as a

Overview

Beate Schmolke-Hasselmann's study of Arthurian verse romance was first published in German in 1985, but her radical argument that we need urgently to redraw the lines on the literary and linguistic map of medieval Britain and France is only now being made available in English. Updated with a new foreword and a supplementary bibliography, this study serves as a contribution to both reception history, examining the medieval response to Chrétien's poetry, and genre history, suveying the evolution of Arthurian verse romance in French over two centuries.

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ISBN-13:
9780521025652
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #35
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. The Response to Chrétien: Tradition and Innovation in Arthurian Romance: 1. The stigma of decadence; 2. Consolidation of the form; 3. Changes in the relationship between ideals and reality; 4. Knight or lover: Gawain as a paragon divided; 5. Old matiere, new sens: innovation in thought and content; 6. Aspects of the response to Chrétien: from plagiarism to nostalgia; Part II. An Historical Survey of the Impact of the Arthurian Verse Romances: 7. The popularity of Arthurian verse romances; 8. The audience; 9. Arthurian literature in French and its significance for England; Bibliography; Index.

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