Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature

Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature

Body, Mind, Voice

Edited by Frank Brandsma, Carolyne Larrington, Corinne Saunders





Analysis of how emotion is pictured in Arthurian legend.
Literary texts complicate our understanding of medieval emotions; they not only represent characters experiencing emotion and reaction emotionally to the behaviour of others within the text, but also evoke and play upon emotion in the audiences which heard these texts performed or read. The presentation and depiction of emotion in the single most prominent and influential story matter of the Middle Ages, the Arthurian legend, is the subject of this volume. Covering texts written in English, French, Dutch, German, Latin and Norwegian, the essays presented here explore notions of embodiment, the affective quality of the construction of mind, and the intermediary role of the voice as both an embodied and consciously articulating emotion.

Frank Brandsma teaches Comparative Literature (Middle Ages) at Utrecht University; Carolyne Larrington is a Fellow in medieval English at St John's College, Oxford; Corinne Saunders is Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at the University of Durham.

Contributors: Anne Baden-Daintree, Frank Brandsma, Helen Cooper, Anatole Pierre Fuksas, Jane Gilbert, Carolyne Larrington, Andrew Lynch, Raluca Radulescu, Sif Rikhardsdottir, Corinne Saunders,


October 2015
221 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
ISBN: 9781843844211
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Frank Brandsma and Carolyne Larrington and Corinne Saunders
Being-in-the-Arthurian-World: Emotion, Affect and Magic in the Prose Lancelot, Sartre and Jay - Jane Gilbert
Mind, Body and Affect in Medieval English Arthurian Romance - Corinne Saunders
'What cheer?' Emotion and Action in the Arthurian World - Andrew Lynch
Ire, Peor and their Somatic Correlates in Chrétien's Chevalier de la Charrette - Anatole Pierre Fuksas
Kingship and the Intimacy of Grief in the Alliterative Morte Arthure - Anne Baden-Daintree
Tears and Lies: Emotions and the Ideals of Malory's Arthurian World - Raluca Radulescu
Mourning Gawein: Cognition and Affect in Diu Crône and some French Gauvain-Texts - Carolyne Larrington
Emotion and Voice: 'Ay' in Middle Dutch Arthurian Romances - Frank Brandsma
Translating Emotion: Vocalisation and Embodiment in Yvain and Ívens saga - Sif Rikhardsdottir
Afterword: Malory's Enigmatic Smiles - Helen Cooper


(T)his collection serves as a perfect springboard for more research on emotion in Arthurian literature, medieval and especially post-medieval. Highly recommended. CHOICE

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