Reconstructing Camelot

Reconstructing Camelot

French Romantic Medievalism and the Arthurian Tradition

Michael Glencross

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Study exploring the treatment of the Arthurian legends by the French Romantic movement.
French Romanticism was a widespread movement, as apparent in the works of historians and scholars as in the works of creative writers. One of its principal characteristics was the cult of the middle ages, and this book examines the treatment of the Arthurian legends in French Romantic medievalism. Taking into account works of historiography and literary history, as well as literary texts proper, it assesses the place of the Arthurian material in French culture in the period up to 1860, the date of publication of Edgar Quinet's Merlin l'enchanteur. In so doing, it reveals key features of French Romanticism and traces the origins of some of the problems and contradictions which still affect the practice of medieval studies. The authorargues that the depiction of Arthurian legends in French Romantic writing discloses some of the underlying ideological positions of the movement and the developing tensions between the interests of a general literary public and the ambitions of scholars seeking to define and promote medieval literature as an emerging field of study. In addition to scholars such as Claude Fauriel, Paulin Paris and Francisque Michel, other important figures in French Romanticism are considered, including Quinet and Michelet.
MICHAEL GLENCROSSis Senior Lecturer in French at the University College of Ripon & York St John.

Details

September 1995
202 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Arthurian Studies
ISBN: 9780859914635
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC LCO003000
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