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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance : Cambridge Companions to Literature - Roberta L. Krueger

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance

Cambridge Companions to Literature

By: Roberta L. Krueger (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 22nd June 2000
ISBN: 9780521553421
Number Of Pages: 312

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This Companion presents fifteen original and engaging essays by leading scholars on one of the most influential genres of Western literature. Chapters describe the origins of early verse romance in twelfth-century French and Anglo-Norman courts and analyze the evolution of verse and prose romance in France, Germany, England, Italy, and Spain throughout the Middle Ages. The volume introduces a rich array of traditions and texts and offers fresh perspectives on the manuscript context of romance, the relationship of romance to other genres, popular romance in urban contexts, romance as mirror of familiar and social tensions, and the representation of courtly love, chivalry, 'other' worlds and gender roles. Together the essays demonstrate that European romances not only helped to promulgate the ideals of elite societies in formation, but also held those values up for questioning. An introduction, a chronology and a bibliography of texts and translations complete this lively, useful overview.

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"an excellent introduction...and a valuable resource." Choice "A thorough index, select chronology, bibliography of texts and translations, and several illuminations from medieval manuscripts make this an excellent introduction for upper-division undergraduate students and a valuable resource for graduate students and faculty." Choice

Selective chronology
Introduction
The Origins, Forms, and Contexts of Medieval Romance
The shape of romance in medieval France
Marvels of translation and crises of transition in the romances of antiquity
Romance and other genres
The manuscript context of medieval romance
European Romance and Medieval Society: Issues for Debate
Courts, clerks, and courtly love
The societal role of chivalry in romance: Northwestern Europe
The other worlds of romance
Questions of gender in old French courtly romance
Women and men in late medieval romance
European Transformations
The evolution and legacy of French prose romance
Medieval German romance
Chivalry and medieval Italian romance
Gawain and popular chivalric romance in Britain
Middle English romance: family, marriage, intimacy Felicity
Romance at the crossroads: medieval Spanish paradigms and Cervantine revisions
Editions and translations
Index
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ISBN: 9780521553421
ISBN-10: 0521553423
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 22nd June 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64

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