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A Companion to Chretien de Troyes : Arthurian Studies - Norris J. Lacy

A Companion to Chretien de Troyes

Arthurian Studies

By: Norris J. Lacy (Editor), Joan Tasker Grimbert (Editor)

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Chretien de Troyes is arguably the creator of Arthurian romance, and it is on his work that later writers have based their interpretations. This book offers both crucial information on, and a comprehensive coverage of, all aspects of the work of Chretien de Troyes - the literary and historical background, patronage, his influence on other writers, manuscripts and editions of his work and, at the heart of the volume, major essays on the themes, techniques and artistic achievements in each of his compositions; the contributions, all from leading experts in Chretien and related studies, have been commissioned especially for this volume and are designed to remain accessible to students while also addressing specialists in Arthurian studies and Chretien de Troyes. They reflect the most current critical and scholarly views on one of the greatest of medieval authors.

CONTRIBUTORS: JOHN W. BALDWIN, JUNE HALL MCCASH, LAURENCE HARF-LANCNER, NORRIS J. LACY, DOUGLAS KELLY, KEITH BUSBY, PETER F. DEMBOWSKI, ROBERTA L. KRUEGER, DONALD MADDOX, SARA STURM-MADDOX, JOAN TASKER GRIMBERT, MATILDA TOMARYN BRUCKNER, TONY HUNT, RUPERT T. PICKENS, ANNIE COMBES, MICHELLE SZKILNIK, EMMANUELE BAUMGARTNER

For specialists and non-specialists alike this must be the ultimate Chretien vademecum. PENDRAGON

The works of Chretien de Troyes have generated a dauntingly large body of scholarship. For anyone unsure of where to begin. A Companion to Chretien de Troyes offers an ideal starting point. [It] captures beautifully the richness and variety of Chretien research. Reading through A Companion to Chretien de Troyes is like taking a dream course on Chretien. The contributors' expertise ensures an abundance of thought-provoking material, leading to a collection that deserves a place in every academic library. THE FRENCH REVIEW

Students will find this volume comprehensive and informative. FRENCH STUDIES

The Contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Background
Chretien in Historyp. 3
Chretien's Patronsp. 15
Chretien's Literary Backgroundp. 26
The Arthurian Legend Before Chretienp. 43
Narrative Poetics: Rhetoric, Orality and Performancep. 52
The Manuscripts of Chretien's Romancesp. 64
Editing Chretienp. 76
Texts
Philomena: Brutal Transitions and Courtly Transformations in Chretien's Old French Translationp. 87
Erec et Enide: The First Arthurian Romancep. 103
Cliges and the Chansons: A Slave to Lovep. 120
Le Chevalier de la Charrette: That Obscure Object of Desire, Lancelotp. 137
Le Chevalier au Lion: Yvain Lionheartp. 156
Le Conte du Graal: Chretien's Unfinished Last Romancep. 169
Medieval Reception and Influence
The Continuations of the Conte du Graalp. 191
Medieval Translations and Adaptations of Chretien's Worksp. 202
Chretien's Medieval Influence: From the Grail Quest to the Joy of the Courtp. 214
Select Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 235
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ISBN: 9781843841616
ISBN-10: 1843841614
Series: Arthurian Studies : Book 63
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 18th May 2008
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.39