Romance and Rhetoric: Essays in Honour of Dhira B. Mahoney

Romance and Rhetoric: Essays in Honour of Dhira B. Mahoney


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This volume honours the academic career of Professor Dhira B. Mahoney, recently retired from the Department of English at Arizona State University, who is well known for her rhetorical readings of medieval literature. Professor Mahoney's scholarship employs rhetorical theory in readings of late medieval literature, particularly prologues and epilogues, women's writings, and Arthuriana. As a response to her work, Romance and Rhetoric offers rhetorical readings of a variety of literary pieces from the late Middle Ages, especially for those authors and genres on which Professor Mahoney has published. Its collected essays provide interdisciplinary studies of art, social and literary history, manuscript transmission, and women's studies in relation to texts in Middle English, Latin, German, and French. In particular, the essays in this volume focus on the writings of courtly authors such as Chaucer, Lydgate, Malory, Guillaume de Machaut, Christine de Pizan, Chretien de Troyes, and others. In keeping with the ancient tradition of analysing rhetorical principles in the structure of an art work, they also examine the rhetoric of the manuscript art connected to these authors and the genres in which they wrote. This volume thus fills a gap in medieval literary scholarship, as it evaluates with scrutiny how rhetorical teachings or medieval poetic strategies inform the writing of romances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782503531496
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Series: Disputatio Series , #19
Pages: 281
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Dhira B. Mahoney: A Tribute Georiana Donavin Anita Obermeier 1

Prologues and Pictures

Exemplars of Chivalry: Rhetoric and Ethics in Middle English Romance Ann Dobyns 17

Jans der Enikel's Prologue as a Guide to Textual Multiplicity Maria Dobozy 33

Gifts and Givers that Keep on Giving: Pictured Presentations in Early Medieval Manuscripts Corine Schleif 51

Women and Rhetoric

The Light of the Virgin Muse in John Lydgate's Life of Our Lady Georgiana Donavin 75

Sisters under the Skin: Margery Kempe and Christine de Pizan Elizabeth Archibald 91

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Margery Kempe as Underground Preacher Rosalynn Voaden 109

Lyric, Song, and Audience

Rhetoric and Reception: Guillaume de Machaut's 'Je Maudi' Phyllis R. Brown 125

'Maken Melodye': The Quality of Song in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales Christina Francis 149

Enacting Liturgy: Estote fortes in the Croxton Play of the Sacrament John Damon 171

Arthurian Literature: Composition and Production

The Rhetoric of Symbolism: The Grail of Fertility and Sterility Anita Obermeier 193

Arnold Fanck's 1926 Film Der Heilige Berg and the Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail Kevin J.Harty 223

Folklore Motifs and Diminishing Narrative Time as a Method of Coherence in Malory's Morte Darthur Judith Lanzendorfer 235

Malory's Intratexts Alan Lupack 249

Index 269

Tabula Gratulatoria 279

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