Sir Bevis of Hampton in Literary Tradition

Sir Bevis of Hampton in Literary Tradition

Edited by Jennifer Fellows, Ivana Djordjevic

Hardback
$90.00

D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

First comprehensive collection to be devoted to Sir Bevis, the most popular Middle English romance.
Sir Bevis of Hampton is one of the most widespread and important Middle English romances. This book - the first ever full-length study to be devoted to it - considers it in its historical and literary contexts, and its Anglo-Norman, Welsh, Irish and Icelandic versions. It also offers detailed textual analyses, and discusses particular aspects of the story, its "afterlife" and its influence during the early modern period.

CONTRIBUTORS: MARIANNE AILES, JUDITH WEISS, ERICH POPPE, REGINE RECK, CHRISTOPHER SANDERS, IVANA DJORDJEVIC, JENNIFER FELLOWS, ROBERT ALLEN ROUSE, SIOBHAIN BLY CALKIN, MELISSA FURROW, CORINNE SAUNDERS, ANDREW KING.

Details

August 2008
6 black and white illustrations
220 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Studies in Medieval Romance
ISBN: 9781843841739
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB, 1DBKE, 2AB, 3H
BISAC LIT011000
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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Anglo-Norman Boeve de Haumtone as a chanson de geste - Marianne Ailes
Mestre and Son: The Role of Sabaoth and Terri in Boeve de Haumtone - Judith Weiss
Rewriting Bevis in Wales and Ireland - Erich Poppe and Regine Reck
Bevers saga in the Context of Old Norse Historical Prose - Christopher Sanders
From Boeve to Bevis: The Translator at Work - Ivana Djordjevic
The Middle English and Renaissance Bevis: A Textual Survey - Jennifer Fellows
For King and Country? The Tension Between National and Regional Identities in Sir Bevis of Hampton - Robert Rouse
Defining Christian Knighthood in a Saracen World: Changing Depictions of the Protagonist in Sir Bevis of Hampton - Siobhain Bly Calkin
Ascopard's Betrayal: A Narrative Problem - Melissa Furrow
Gender, Virtue and Wisdom in Sir Bevis of Hampton - Corinne Saunders
Sir Bevis of Hampton: Renaissance Influence and Reception - Andrew King
Bibliography of Bevis Scholarship - Jennifer Fellows

Reviews

Each contribution (...) provides a fresh, thoroughly referenced discussion (...) This volume will be essential for those looking for expert views on Bevis and the textual and cultural questions it raises. With its detailed information on manuscripts and printed editions and a comprehensive bibliography (...) it is a valuable resource and likely to stimulate further research into one of the most significant of insular romances. STUDIES IN THE AGE OF CHAUCER

Traditional, manuscript-based, and linguistic analyses sit well alongside political, racial, and gender readings; students and scholars alike will find the collection rewarding, and a comprehensive guide to this rich romance and its traditions, while new directions for further research are also well represented. YEAR'S WORK IN ENGLISH STUDIES

For scholars of medieval literature, a book like this is another welcome sign that even in one oft-told and well-worn story, as in all the European Romance tradition, are riches that are far from being exhausted. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY

The collection as a whole, then, is remarkable not only for the high quality of its individual pieces, but especially for the lively internal dialogue and interaction between the different contributors. It successfully conveys a sense of both the enduring appeal and the remarkable fluidity of the Bevis-story, and is bound to become a precious tool for both students and researchers in the field. NOTES AND QUERIES

A welcome acknowledgement of the multi-faceted interest of a text that enjoyed such a high and enduring profile. ENCOMIA

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