Medieval Romance Medieval Contexts [Hardback]

R. Purdie (Editor); Michael Cichon (Editor)

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ISBN: 9781843842606 | Published by: Boydell & Brewer Ltd | Year of Publication: 2011 | Language: English 208p,




Medieval Romance Medieval Contexts

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The essays in this volume take a representative selection of English and Scottish romances from the medieval period and explore some of their medieval contexts, deepening our understanding not only of the romances concerned but also of the specific medieval contexts that produced or influenced them. The contexts explored here include traditional literary features such as genre and rhetorical technique and literary-cultural questions of authorship, transmission and readership; but they also extend to such broader intellectual and social contexts as medieval understandings of geography, the physiology of swooning, or the efficacy of baptism. A framing context for the volume is provided by Derek Pearsall's prefatory essay, in which he revisits his seminal 1965 article on the development of Middle English romance.

Table of Contents

    1  Introduction: Romance and its Medieval Contexts
    2  The Pleasure of Popular Romance: A Prefatory Essay
    3  Representations of Peasant Speech: Some Literary and Social Contexts for The Taill of Rauf Coilyear
    4  'As ye have brewd, so shal ye drink': the Proverbial Context of Eger and Grime
    5  Ekphrasis and Narrative in Emaré and Sir Eglamour of Artois
    6  What's in a name? Anglo-Norman Romances or Chansons de geste?
    7  'For Goddes love, sir, mercy!': Recontextualising the Modern Critical Text of Floris and Blancheflor
    8  Roland in England: Contextualising the Middle English Song of Roland
    9  Romance Baptisms and Theological Contexts in The King of Tars and Sir Ferumbras
    10  Modern and Medieval Views on Swooning: the Literary and Medical Contexts of Fainting in Romance
    11  Walking [between] the Lines: Romance as Itinerary/Map
    12  Romances of Continuity in the English Rous Roll
    13  'Ex libris domini Duncani Campbell de Glenwrquhay/miles': The Buik of King Alexander the Conquerour in the household of Sir Duncan Campbell, seventh laird of Glenorchy
    14  'Pur les francs homes amender': Clerical Authors and the Thirteenth-Century Context of Historical Romance

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