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Pulp Fictions of Medieval England : Essays in Popular Romance - Nicola McDonald

Pulp Fictions of Medieval England

Essays in Popular Romance

By: Nicola McDonald (Editor)

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Published: 1st July 2004
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Pulp fictions of medieval England comprises ten essays on individual popular romances; with a focus on romances that, while enormously popular in the Middle Ages, have been neglected by modern scholarship. Each essay provides valuable introductory material, and there is a sustained argument across the contributions that the romances invite innovative, exacting and theoretically charged analysis. However, the essays do not support a single, homogenous reading of popular romance: the authors work with assumptions and come to conclusions about issues as fundamental as the genre's aesthetic codes, its political and cultural ideologies, and its historical consciousness that are different and sometimes opposed. Nicola McDonald's collection and the romances it investigates, are crucial to our understanding of the aesthetics of medieval narrative and to the ideologies of gender and sexuality, race, religion, political formations, social class, ethics, morality and national identity with which those narratives engage.

Introduction
Incorporation in the 'Siege of Melayne'
The Twin Demons of Aristocratic Society in 'Sir Gowther'
A, A and B: Coding Same-Sex Union in 'Amis and Amiloun'
'Sir Degrevant': What Lovers Want
Putting the Pulp into Fiction: The Lump-Child and Its Parents in 'The King of Tars'
Eating People and the Alimentary Logic of 'Richard Coeur de Lion'
'The Siege of Jerusalem' and Recuperative Readings
Story Line and Story Shape in 'Sir Percyvell of Gales Chr┬ętien De Troyes's Conte Du Graal'
Temporary Virginity and the Everyday Body: 'Le Bone Florence of Rome' and Bourgeois Self-Making'
Romancing the East: Greeks and Saracens in 'Guy of Warwick'
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ISBN: 9780719063190
ISBN-10: 0719063191
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.33