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

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

by D. H. Green, Alastair Minnis (Editor)
 

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

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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.

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'Green's is a comparative, pan-European approach never neglectful of literary developments and textual examples ... but also ... Green is a true pleasure to read: his manner is unvaryingly straightforward and robust; the perfect mastery with which he develops an argument allows for no loose ends, neither from one paragraph to the next nor from chapter to chapter.' Dalhousie French Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521813990
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature Series , #47
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet 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.

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