Tradition and Transformation in Medieval Romance

Tradition and Transformation in Medieval Romance

Edited by Rosalind Field

Hardback
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D.S.Brewer

Overview

Overview

Romance studies from the twelfth century to the era of the printed book.
From the insular romance of the twelfth century (vital to an understanding of the literary and historical context of medieval English literature) to the era of the printed book, romance challenges generic definition, audience expectation and established scholarly approaches. This third volume of papers from the regular conference on Romance in Medieval England uses a broad range of material and methodologies to illuminate the subject. Topics include the strategies and audiences of crusading romances, the deployment by Chaucer and Gower of romance theme and style, a re-evaluation of the text of Gamelyn, and the shifting generic boundaries between romance, exemplum and legal narrative. Other papers explore the transformation of traditional material on the revenant dead and the divided family from ancient literary texts to the prose romances of the sixteenth century.

Dr ROSALIND FIELD teaches in the Department of English at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Contributors: JUDITH WEISS, STEPHEN KNIGHT, NOEL JAMES MENUGE, DIANE SPEED, ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, PHILLIPA HARDMAN, ROBERT WARM, JOERG FICHTE, NANCY MASON BRADBURY, JEREMY DIMMICK, ELIZABETH ARCHIBALD, HELEN COOPER

Details

September 1999
188 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9780859915533
Format: Hardback
D.S.Brewer
BIC DSBB
BISAC HIS037010, LIT004120
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Rosalind Field
Thomas and the earl: literary and historical contexts for the Romance of Horn -
`Herkeneth aright': reading Gamelyn for text not context - Stephen Knight
The Wardship Romance: a new methodology -
Middle English romance and the Gesta Romanorum - Diane Speed
Sir Amadance and the undisenchanted bride: the relation of the Middle English romance to the folk tradition of `The Grateful Dead'Dead' - Elizabeth Williams
The Sege of Melayne: a fifteenth-century reading - Phillipa Hardman
Identity, narrative and participation: defining a context for the middle English Charlemagne romances - Robert Warm
Caxton's concept of `Historical Romance' within the context of the crusades: conviction rhetoric and sales strategy - Joerg O Fichte
Chaucerian Minstrelsy: Sir Thopas, Troilus and Criseyde and English metrical romance - Nancy Mason Bradbury
`Redinge of Romance' in Gower's Confessio Amantis - Jeremy Dimmick
The Ide and Olive episode in Lord Berners's Huon of Burdeux - Elizabeth Archibald
The strange history of Valentine and Orson - Helen Cooper

Reviews

A very strong collection of essays. MLR

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