Heroes and Heroines in Medieval English Literature

Heroes and Heroines in Medieval English Literature

A Festschrift Presented to André Crépin on the Occasion of his 65th Birthday

Edited by Leo Carruthers

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Studies of the evolution of the hero, from Beowulf to Lancelot.
André Crépin, head of the English faculty at the Sorbonne, has made a great contribution to medieval English studies in France and in Europe. These studies in his honour reflect the wide range of his interests in Old and Middle English, fromBeowulf to Malory.
Their linking theme is the literary and linguistic evolution of the hero, from the classic expression of the Germanic code to the chivalry of the knights of the Round Table, from Beowulf to Chaucer's knight to Sir Lancelot. Beowulf as archetypal hero is both the subject of and the concept behind more than one study; others, attempting to define heroism, grapple with the semantic problem posed by the absence of this word until very late in the medieval period; and the very notion of heroism is questioned as the passive hero or anti-hero emerges as a literary type, at the same time as the medieval consciousness of self developed.

Contributors: GUY BOURGUIN, LEO CARRUTHERS, PETER CLEMOES, ANDY ORCHARD, ERIC STANLEY, JULIETTE DOR, DEREK BREWER, TERENCE P. DOLAN, JILL MANN, JOSSELINE BIBARD, JEAN-JACQUES BLANCHOT, JAMES WIMSATT, TERENCE McCARTHY, GLORIA CIGMAN.

Details

October 1994
1 black and white illustrations
184 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859914154
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LCO003000
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Table of Contents

Raynard the Fox as Anti-Hero - Josseline Bidard
Type Conceptions of the Good Knight in the French Arthurian Cycles, Malory and Chaucer -
Heroes and Anti-Heroes in Dunbar's Poetry - Jean-Jacques Blanchot
The Lexis and Deixis of Heroism in Old English Poetry - Guy Bourquin
Chaucer's Knight as Hero, and Machaut's Prise d'Alexandrie - Derek S Brewer
Kingship and Heroism in Beowulf -
The Medieval Self as Anti-Hero - Caroline Muessig / The Editor
The Medieval Self As Anti-Hero - Gloria Cigman
King and Creation at the Crucifixion: the Contribution of Native Tradition to the Dream of the Rood 50-5a -
The Plowman as Hero - Terence P Dolan
Humilis exaltetur: Constance, or Humility Rewarded - Juliette Dor
Sir Gawain and the Romance Hero -
Beowulf's Bairns: Malory's Sterner Knights -
Conspicuous Heroism: Abraham, Prudentius, and the Old English Verse Genesis -
Heroic Women In Old English Literature -
Type Conceptions of the Good Knight in the French Arthurian Cycles, Malory and Chaucer - James Wimsatt