Violence in Courtly Medieval Literature: A Casebook

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Although courtly literature is often associated with a chivalrous and idyllic life, the fifteen original essays in this collection demonstrate that the quest for love in the world of medieval courtly literature was underpinned by violence. Lovers were rejected, mistrust ruled, rape was a rampant problem, and marriage was often characterized by brutality. Albrecht Classen brings together an outstanding group of historical, cultural, and literary scholars in this volume to investigate the complicated, nuanced, and ...
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Overview

Although courtly literature is often associated with a chivalrous and idyllic life, the fifteen original essays in this collection demonstrate that the quest for love in the world of medieval courtly literature was underpinned by violence. Lovers were rejected, mistrust ruled, rape was a rampant problem, and marriage was often characterized by brutality. Albrecht Classen brings together an outstanding group of historical, cultural, and literary scholars in this volume to investigate the complicated, nuanced, and often surprising unions of love and violence in courtly medieval literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415971010
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Garland Medieval Casebooks Series , #35
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Albrecht Classen is Professor of German at the University of Arizona. He is editor of The Book and the Magic of Reading in the Middle Ages and Meeting the Foreign in the Middle Ages, both published by Routledge.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : violence in the shadows of the court 1
1 Authority, violence, and the sacred at the medieval court 37
2 Brutality and violence in medieval French romance and its consequences 67
3 Turnus in Veldeke's Eneide : the effects of violence 83
4 Violence and pain at the court : comparing violence in German heroic and courtly epics 97
5 Violence stylized 115
6 Violence at King Arthur's court : Wolfram von Eschenbach's perspectives 127
7 Violence in La Queste del Saint Graal and La Mort le roi Artu (Yale 229) 151
8 Violence and communication in Shota Rustaveli's The Lord of the Panther-Skin 169
9 Constructive and destructive violence in Jean d'Arras' Roman de Melusine 187
10 The violent poetics of inversion, or the inversion of violent poetics : Meo dei Tolomei, his mother, and the Italian tradition of comic poetry 207
11 Violent magic in Middle English romance 225
12 Why is middle English romance so violent? : the literary and aesthetic purposes of violence 241
13 Destruire et disperser : violence and the fragmented body in Christine de Pizan's prose letters 269
14 Mimetic crisis in the medieval mass : a sequence for the feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury and its liturgical function, ca. 1230 297
15 Violence in the Spanish chivalric romance 323
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