The Continuations of Chrétien’s Perceval
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The Continuations of Chrétien's Perceval

Content and Construction, Extension and Ending

by Leah Tether

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The Continuations of Chretien de Troyes' Perceval are here examined as constituting a discrete genre of medieval literature.

The notion of Continuation in medieval literature is a familiar one - but difficult to define precisely. Despite the existence of important texts which are commonly referred to as Continuations, such as Le Roman de la Rose,Le Chevalier de la Charrette and, of course, the Perceval Continuations, the mechanics and processes involved in actually producing a Continuation have found themselves indistinguishable from those associated with other forms of medieval réécriture.
The Perceval Continuations (composed c.1200-1230) constitute a vast body of material which incorporates four separately authored Continuations, each of which seeks to further,in some way, the unfinished Perceval of Chrétien de Troyes - though they are not merely responses to his work. Chronologically, they were composed one after the other, and the next in line picks up where the previous one left off; they thus respond intertextually to each other as well as to Chrétien, and only one actually furnishes the story as a whole with an ending. Here, these fascinating texts are used as a lens for examining, defining and distinguishing the whole concept of a Continuation; the author also employs theories as to what constitutes an "end" and what is "unfinished", alongside scrutiny of other medieval "ends" and Continuations.

Dr Leah Tether isa Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Cultures of the Digital Economy Institute, Anglia Ruskin University.
Introduction
Authorial Changeovers in the Manuscripts
Distinguishing Continuations, Sequels and Ends
The First Continuation and Prolongation
The Second Continuation and the Imitative Mode
The Gerbert and Manessier Continuations: Interpolation vs. Conclusion
Conclusion
Appendix I: Keys to the Tables
Appendix II: Table 1 - Contents of the Manuscript
Appendix III: Table 2 - Changeovers Shown by the Manuscripts
Appendix IV: Listing of the Episodes in the Continuations
Appendix V: Plot Summary of Chrétien's Perceval
Appendix VI: Plot Summary of Section I, Episode 1-5: First Continuation
Appendix VII: Plot Summary of the First Continuation's Carados Section
Appendix VIII: Transcription of the Independent Conclusion
Bibliography

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Title Details

256 Pages

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Series: Arthurian Studies

Series Vol. Number: 79

Imprint: D.S.Brewer