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Studies in Medieval Romance

With the recent publication of Cultural Translations in Medieval Romance, edited by Victoria Flood and Megan G. Leitch, we wanted to highlight Studies in Medieval Romance from DS Brewer. This series aims to provide a forum for critical studies of the medieval romance, a genre that plays a crucial role in literary history, reflects medieval secular concerns, and raises complex questions regarding medieval reading and writing, social structures, human relationships, and the psyche.

Enjoy a round up of some of the recent titles from Studies in Medieval Romance in today’s blog! And don’t forget that you can purchase each title from the series at a 35% discount using promotional code BB897.

Cultural Translations in Medieval Romance

Edited by Victoria Flood and Megan G. Leitch

Romance was the most popular secular literature of the Middle Ages, and has been understood most productively as a genre that continually refashioned itself. The essays collected in this volume explore the subject of translation, both linguistic and cultural, in relation to the composition, reception, and dissemination of romance across the languages of late medieval Britain, Ireland, and Iceland. In taking this multilingual approach, this volume proposes a re-centring, and extension, of our understanding of the corpus of medieval Insular romance, which although long considered extra-canonical, has over the previous decades acquired something approaching its own canon – a canon which we might now begin to unsettle, and of which we might ask new questions. The topics of the essays gathered here range from Dafydd ap Gwilym and Walter Map to Melusine and English Trojan narratives, and address topics from women and merchants to werewolves and marvels.

Blog Price: £45.50 / $78

The Mélusine Romance in Medieval Europe

Translation, Circulation, and Material Contexts
by Lydia Zeldenrust

The legend of Mélusine examined in a pan-European context.

[I]mpressively wide-ranging and engaging… Zeldenrust’s work is a vital, informative, and original contribution to scholarship on this important, spellbinding narrative tradition.” MEDIEVAL REVIEW

Blog Price: £39 / $64.35

Romance Rewritten

The Evolution of Middle English Romance. A Tribute to Helen Cooper
Edited by Elizabeth Archibald, Megan G. Leitch and Corinne Saunders

New approaches to the everlasting malleability and transformation of medieval romance.

This consistently engaging collection is a fitting and deserved tribute to Helen Cooper, confirming the importance and sustained influence of her work. It offers a variety of detailed analyses that will surely be essential reading for specialists, while still remaining accessible to students.” ANGLIA

Blog Price: £39 / $64.35

The Transmission of Medieval Romance

Metres, Manuscripts and Early Prints
Edited by Ad Putter and Judith A. Jefferson

The genre of medieval romance examined through the lens of their physical and their metrical forms.

This universally excellent collection is an important contribution to the increasingly sophisticated study of medieval romance and its afterlives.” ANGLIA

Blog Price: £39 / $64.35

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