The Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220

The Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220

by D H Green, Green D H

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Up to the twelfth century, writing in the western vernaculars dealt almost exclusively with religious, historical and factual themes, all of which were understood to convey the truth. The second half of the twelfth century saw the emergence of a new genre—the romance—which was consciously conceived as fictional and therefore allowed to break free from traditional presuppositions. Green examines this period of crucial importance for the romance genre and for the genesis of medieval fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521049566
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/03/2007
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #47
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

D. H. Green is Shröder Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books on Medieval German literature.

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Defining twelfth-century fictionality; 2. Vernacular fiction in the twelfth century; 3. Fictive orality; 4. Fiction and Wolfram's Parzival; 5. Fiction and structure; 6. Fiction and history; Notes; Bibliography; Index of names.

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