Boundaries in Medieval Romance

Boundaries in Medieval Romance

Edited by Neil Cartlidge

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

A wide-ranging collection on one of the most interesting features of medieval romance.
Medieval romance frequently, and perhaps characteristically, capitalises on the dramatic and suggestive possibilities implicit in boundaries - not only the geographical, political and cultural frontiers that medieval romances imagine and imply, but also more metaphorical demarcations. It is these boundaries, as they appear in insular romances circulating in English and French, which the essays in this volume address. They include the boundary between reality and fictionality; boundaries between different literary traditions, modes and cultures; and boundaries between different kinds of experience or perception, especially the "altered states" associated with sickness, magic, the supernatural, or the divine.

CONTRIBUTORS: HELEN COOPER, ROSALIND FIELD, MARIANNE AILES, PHILLIPA HARDMAN, ELIZABETH BERLINGS, SIMON MEECHAM-JONES, ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, ARLYN DIAMOND, ROBERT ROUSE, LAURA ASHE, JUDITH WEISS, IVANA DJORDJEVIC, CORINNE SAUNDERS

Details

February 2008
208 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Medieval Romance
ISBN: 9781843841555
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
When Romance Comes True - Helen Cooper
The Curious History of the Matter of England - Rosalind Field
How English are the English Charlemagne Romances? - Phillipa Hardman and Marianne Ailes
The Sege of Melayne; or, How the French Screwed Up and 'Oure Brettons Rescued Them - Elizabeth Berlings
Romance Society and its Discontents: Romance Motifs and Romance Consequence s in The Song of Dermot and the Normans in Ireland - Simon Meecham-Jones
England, Ireland and Iberia in Olyuer of Castylle: The View from Burgundy - Elizabeth Williams
The Alliterative Siege of Jerusalem: The Poetics of Destruction - Arlyn Diamond
The Peace of the Roads: Authority and auctoritas in Medieval Romance - Robert Rouse
The Hero and his Realm in Medieval English Romance - Laura Ashe
The Courteous Warrior: Epic, Romance and Comedy in Boeve de Haumtone - Judith Weiss
Rewriting Divine Favour - Ivana Djordjevic
Bodily Narratives: Illness, Medicine and Healing in Middle English Romance - Corinne Saunders

Reviews

(This) compelling volume will be of lasting value both to existing experts and to those newer to the medieval romance genre: it is a strong, well-balanced, well-edited, and fluently written selection, and should become a mainstay work of reference for future scholarship. ENGLISH

The contributions (...) represent solid and provocative readings of both frequently studied and much neglected romances. (...) This volume represents an important contribution to medieval romance studies. As a successful collection of essays should do, it presents a lively, exciting conversation among some of the foremost scholars in the discipline. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH & GERMANIC PHILOLOGY

There is enough substantial work here, investigating a wide range of subtypes of romance, to make a significant contribution to the study of Insular, non-Arthurian romance. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW,

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