Romance Rewritten

October 2018
310 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Medieval Romance
ISBN: 9781843845096
Format: Hardback

Romance Rewritten

The Evolution of Middle English Romance. A Tribute to Helen Cooper

Edited by Elizabeth Archibald, Megan G. Leitch, Corinne Saunders

New approaches to the everlasting malleability and transformation of medieval romance.
The essays here reconsider the protean nature of Middle English romance. The contributors examine both the cultural unity of romance and its many variations, reiterations and reimaginings, including its contexts and engagements with other discourses and forms, as they were "rewritten" during the Middle Ages and beyond. Ranging across popular, anonymous English and courtly romances, and taking in the works of Chaucer and Arthurian romance (rarely treated together), in connection with continental sources and analogues, the chapters probe this fluid and creative genre to ask just how comfortable, and how flexible, are its nature and aims? How were Middle English romances rewritten to accommodate contemporary concerns and generic expectations? What can attention to narrative techniques and conventional gestures reveal about the reassurances romances offer, or the questions they ask? How do romances' central concerns with secular ideals and conduct intersect with spiritual priorities? And how are romances transformed or received in later periods? The volume is also a tribute to the significance and influence of the work of Professor Helen Cooper on romance.

Elizabeth Archibald is Professor of English Studies at Durham University; Megan G. Leitch is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University; Corinne Saunders is Professor of English and Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University.

Contributors: Elizabeth Archibald, Julia Boffey, Christopher Cannon, Neil Cartlidge, Miriam Edlich-Muth, A.S.G. Edwards, Marcel Elias, Megan Leitch, Andrew Lynch, Jill Mann, Marco Nievergelt, Ad Putter, Corinne Saunders, Barry Windeatt, R.F. Yeager

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Middle English Romance: The Motifs and the Critics -
Medieval Romance Mischief - Neil Cartlidge
Rewriting Chivalric Encounters: Cultural Anxieties and Social Critique in the Fourteenth Century - Marcel Elias
Malory's Comedy - Christopher Cannon
Beginning with the Ending: Narrative Techniques and their Significance in Chaucer's Knight's Tale - Jill Mann
The Riddle of 'Apollonius': 'A Bok for King Richardes Sake' - Robert F. Yeager
Malory and the Post-Vulgate Cycle - Elizabeth Archibald
Towards a Gestural Lexicon of Medieval English Romance - Barry A Windeatt
Giving Freely in Sir Cleges: the Economy of Salvation and the Gift of Romance - Marco Nievergelt
From Magic to Miracle: Reframing Chevalere Assigne - Miriam Edlich-Muth
Lifting the Veil: Voices, Visions and Destiny in Malory's Morte Darthur - Corinne Saunders
The Intelligence of The Court of Love - Ad Putter
The Squire of Low Degree and the Penumbra of Romance Narrative in the Early Sixteenth Century - Julia Boffey and A S G Edwards
Contested Chivalry: Youth at War in Walter Scott and Charlotte M. Yonge - Andrew Lynch

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