The Spirit of Medieval English Popular Romance [NOOK Book]

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The Middle English popular romances enjoyed a wide appeal in later medieval Britain, and even today students of medieval literature will encounter examples of the genre, such as Sir Orfeo, Sir Tristrem, and Sir Launfal. This collection of twelve specially commissioned essays is designed to meet the need for a stimulating guide to the genre. Each essay introduces one popular romance, setting it in its literary and historical contexts, and develops an original interpretation that reveals the possibilities that ...

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The Spirit of Medieval English Popular Romance

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Overview

The Middle English popular romances enjoyed a wide appeal in later medieval Britain, and even today students of medieval literature will encounter examples of the genre, such as Sir Orfeo, Sir Tristrem, and Sir Launfal. This collection of twelve specially commissioned essays is designed to meet the need for a stimulating guide to the genre. Each essay introduces one popular romance, setting it in its literary and historical contexts, and develops an original interpretation that reveals the possibilities that popular romances offer for modern literary criticism. A substantial introduction by the editors discusses the production and transmission of popular romances in the Middle Ages, and considers the modern reception of popular romance and the interpretative challenges offered by new theoretical approaches.


Accessible to advanced students of English, this book is also of interest to those working in the field of medieval studies, comparative literature, and popular culture.

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'.....these new essays offer varied and thoughtful approaches to a group of relatively little known romances, and are successful in demonstrating their interest for the literary critic as well as the historian or linguist.' Corinne Saunders, Notes and Queries. 'The book is worth recommending to students as an accessible starting point...' Christopher Dyer, University of Leicester 'The reading of the articles proves in itself to be an entertaining, aesthetically satisfying and scholarly redeeming act and whets the reader's appetitie for the original texts...' - Dr Thomas Honegger, Chair of Medieval Studies, Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena.
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Meet the Author

Ad Putter is Lecturer in the English Department of the University of Bristol, and also works for the Centre for Medieval Studies at Bristol. He is author of various books and articles on medieval literature, including An Introduction to the Gawain poet also published by Longman.

Jane Gilbert is Lecturer in French at University College London. She is the author of several articles on medieval French and English romances.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Notes on references and abbreviations viii
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Lai le Freine: The Female Foundling and the Problem of Romance Genre 39
Chapter 2 Lanval to Sir Launfal: A Story Becomes Popular 56
Chapter 3 The Tale of Gamelyn: Class Warfare and the Embarrassments of Genre 78
Chapter 4 The Romance Hypothetical: Lordship and the Saracens in Sir Isumbras 97
Chapter 5 Violence, Narrative and Proper Name: Sir Degare, 'The Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney', and the Folie Tristan d'Oxford 122
Chapter 6 Loving Beasts: The Romance of William of Palerne 142
Chapter 7 The Narrative Logic of Emare 157
Chapter 8 The Seege of Troye: 'ffor wham was wakened al this wo'? 181
Chapter 9 Romance and Its Discontents in Eger and Grime 200
Chapter 10 From Beyond the Grave: Darkness at Noon in The Awntyrs off Arthure 219
Chapter 11 Gender, Oaths and Ambiguity in Sir Tristrem and Beroul's Roman de Tristan 237
Chapter 12 Sir Orfeo: Madness and Gender 258
Bibliography 273
Notes on contributors 297
Index 299
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