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The Evolution of Arthurian Romance : The Verse Tradition from Chretien to Froissart - Beate Schmolke-Hasselmann

The Evolution of Arthurian Romance

The Verse Tradition from Chretien to Froissart

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Updated with a new foreword and a supplementary bibliography, this study serves as a contribution to both reception history, examining the medieval response to Chretien's poetry, and genre history, suveying the evolution of Arthurian verse romance in French. It describes the evolutionary changes taking place between Chretien's Eric et Enide and Froissart's Meliador, the first and last examples of the genre, and is unique in placing Chretien's work, not as the unequalled masterpieces of the whole of Arthurian literature, but as the starting-point for the history of the genre, which can subsequently be traced over a period of two centuries in the French-speaking world. Beate Schmolke-Hasselmann's study was first published in German in 1985, but her radical argument that we need urgently to redraw the lines on the literary and linguistic map of medieval Britain and France is only now being made available in English.

"In English the book reads with remarkable freshness. Scholarship on the verse romances has continued in recent years, but has concentrated on the production of (very welcome) new editions and articles on fashionable aspects of individual texts; Schmolke-Hasselmann's breadth of approach remains unparalleled. Like all the best criticism, Schmolke-Hasselmann's book raises as many stimulating questions as it answers." Rosemary Morris, Albion

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Response to Chr├Ętien: Tradition and Innovation in Arthurian Romance
The stigma of decadence
Consolidation of the form
Changes in the relationship between ideals and reality
Knight or lover: Gawain as a paragon divided
Old matiere, new sens: innovation in thought and content
Aspects of the response to Chr├Ętien: from plagiarism to nostalgia
An Historical Survey of the Impact of the Arthurian Verse Romances
The popularity of Arthurian verse romances
The audience
Arthurian literature in French and its significance for England
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521411530
ISBN-10: 052141153X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 13th June 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.72