The Forest of Medieval Romance

Other approaches take psychoanalysis and anthropology further : Ann Wilson in Traditional Romance and Tale : How Stories Mean17 and The Magical Quest : The ...

Author: Corinne J. Saunders

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 9780859913812

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 235

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Traces the development of the forest as a central literary motif in medieval romance.

A Companion to the Fairy Tale

Tatar , M. ( 1999 ) ed . , The Classic Fairy Tales . Norton Critical Edition . ... Traditional Romance and Tale : How Stories Mean . Cambridge .

Author: Hilda Ellis Davidson

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 9781843840817

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

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Offers an excellent introduction to the work currently and historically being done on fairy tales by folk-lorists. MEDIEVAL REVIEW

Language and Piety in Middle English Romance

Thompson , John J. , ' Collecting Middle English romances and some ... Wilson , Anne , Traditional Romance and Tale : How Stories Mean ( Ipswich , 1976 ) .

Author: Roger Dalrymple

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780859915984

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

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Analysis of pious formulae across a range of medieval romance, illuminating their stylistic purpose.

Middle English Romance and the Craft of Memory

7 The memorial object in this romance is always going to be of gold, ... 7 Anne Wilson, Traditional Romance and Tale: How Stories Mean (Cambridge: Brewer, ...

Author: Jamie McKinstry

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1843844176

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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An examination of the depiction and function of memory in a variety of romances, including Troilus and Criseyde and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Originality and Tradition in the Middle Dutch Roman Van Walewein

... as the romance constructs him : in brief , I shall argue that the discrepancy stems from the fact that while romance and folktale may be morphologically ...

Author: Bart Besamusca

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 9780859915465

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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New editor, new directions: the series broadens its scope to encompass European literatures other than French and English; still, however, an indispensable component of any historical or Arthurian library. NOTES AND QUERIES

The Changing Face of Arthurian Romance

Thus the connections are different from those in a modern novel . We know the story already . The conventions of traditional romance and folktale allow the ...

Author: Armel H. Diverres

Publisher: DS Brewer

ISBN: 9780859912273

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 168

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These essays on Arthurian prose romances, published as a tribute to Cedric E. Pickford, reflect their development and the reshaping of the romances in response to changing taste and fashion from the death of Chrétien de Troyes to the end of the medieval period in England. Topics include the question of religious influences; the transition of Arthurian material to foreign contexts; and the fortunes of the prose romance in England, focusing on the Prose Merlinand Malory. The contributors are: ELSPETH KENNEDY, RENÉE L. CURTIS, FANNI BOGDANOW, JANE H.M. TAYLOR, DAVID BLAMIRES, CERIDWEN LLOYD-MORGAN, CAROL M. MEALE, KAREN STERN, DEREK BREWER, FAITH LYONS, ROGER MIDDLETON

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and French Arthurian Romance

forget when she compares Gawain with the heroes of romances who bring '
blysse into boure ' : that she is not suited for a ... Derek Brewer ( Cambridge ,
1988 ) , 113 – 28 ; Anne Wilson , Traditional Romance and Tale : How Stories
Mean ...

Author: Ad Putter

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Literary Collections

Page: 279

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This is an innovative and original exploration of the connections between Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, one of the most well-known works of medieval English literature, and the tradition of French Arthurian romance, best-known through the works of Chretien de Troyes two centuries earlier. The book compares Gawain with a wide range of French Arthurian romances, exploring their recurrent structural patterns and motifs, their ethical orientation and the social context in which they were produced. It presents a wealth of new sources and analogues, which reveal and illuminate the Gawain-poet's sophisticated literary and moral understanding of the conventions of Arthurian romance. Throughout, Ad Putter pays close attention to the ways in which the modes of representation in romance are related to social and historical contexts. Focusing on the importance of conscience, courtliness, and self-restraint in Arthurian romance, this book explores the ways in which literati such as Chretien de Troyes and the Gawain-poet adapted chivalric ideals to the changing times.

Simple Forms

The older English term 'old wives' tale'11 is now defunct (and folk tales were ... book Traditional Romance and Tale: the initial situation in a folk tale ...

Author: Douglas Gray

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191016292

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 300

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Simple Forms is a study of popular or folk literature in the medieval period. Focusing both on the vast body of oral literature that lies behind the written texts which have survived from the medieval period and on the popular literature provided by literate authors for audiences of hearers or readers with varying degrees of literacy, Douglas Gray leads new readers to a productively complicated understanding of the relationship between medieval popular culture and the culture of the learned. He argues that medieval society was stratified, in what seems to us a rigid way, but that culturally it was more flexible. Literary topics, themes, and forms moved; there was much borrowing, and a constant interaction. Popular tales, motifs, and ideas passed into learned or courtly works; learned forms and attitudes made their way in into popular culture. All in all this seems to have been a fruitful symbiosis. The book's twelve chapters are principally organised genre, covering epics, ballads, popular romances, folktales, the German sage, legends, animal tales and fables, proverbs, riddles, satires, songs, and drama.

The Fairy Tale and Anime

Traditional Themes, Images and Symbols at Play on Screen Dani Cavallaro. habitat itself. This hue can be automatically associated with love, innocence, ...

Author: Dani Cavallaro

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786485361

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Over the last few decades, anime has consistently come into fruitful contact with themes, images and symbols associated with the fairy tale tradition. This critical text focuses on the ways in which fundamental principles of the fairy tale tradition are deployed, and hence come to manifest themselves narratively and cinematographically, in anime. Topics covered include modes of storytelling, aesthetics, as well as dramatic, ethical, psychological and social considerations. Of particular interest is the way in which allegorical commentaries on cultural and historical issues are illustrated in anime.

Contemporary Fairy Tale Magic

The queen will save herself (and everyone else) with a little help from her friends—three dwarfs— rejecting the traditional 'romance' plot.


Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004418997

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 356

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Contemporary Fairy-Tale Magic studies the impact of fairy tales on contemporary cultures from an interdisciplinary perspective, with special emphasis on how literature and film are retelling classic fairy tales for modern audiences.

The Staging of Romance in Late Shakespeare

The tale arranged a variety of traditional romance elements — a pair of knights errant, an enchanter, a hermit, and a princess who wanders the world in ...

Author: Christopher J. Cobb

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874139716

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Few plays have both attracted and resisted genre study as strongly as Shakespeare's late plays. The Staging of Romance in Late Shakespeare: Text and Theatrical Technique takes a fresh approach to the role of genre in these plays by placing them in relation to the tradition of staged romance in the early modern English theater. The book argues that Shakespeare's late plays can best be understood as theatrical experiments that extend and reform this tradition, which developed around a group of theatrical techniques that sought to realize the effects of narrative romance in the theatrical medium. Their central effect was the creation of admiration in the spectators for heroic action; the value of the plays within the culture derived from this experience.

Trade and Romance

Tale: Romance. as. Mask. The focus of this chapter is the mixed audience of ... to courtly etiquette and intensifies the marvels of traditional romance.

Author: Michael Murrin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022607160X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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In Trade and Romance, Michael Murrin examines the complex relations between the expansion of trade in Asia and the production of heroic romance in Europe from the second half of the thirteenth century through the late seventeenth century. He shows how these tales of romance, ostensibly meant for the aristocracy, were important to the growing mercantile class as a way to gauge their own experiences in traveling to and trading in these exotic locales. Murrin also looks at the role that growing knowledge of geography played in the writing of the creative literature of the period, tracking how accurate, or inaccurate, these writers were in depicting far-flung destinations, from Iran and the Caspian Sea all the way to the Pacific. With reference to an impressive range of major works in several languages—including the works of Marco Polo, Geoffrey Chaucer, Matteo Maria Boiardo, Luís de Camões, Fernão Mendes Pinto, Edmund Spenser, John Milton, and more—Murrin tracks numerous accounts by traders and merchants through the literature, first on the Silk Road, beginning in the mid-thirteenth century; then on the water route to India, Japan, and China via the Cape of Good Hope; and, finally, the overland route through Siberia to Beijing. All of these routes, originally used to exchange commodities, quickly became paths to knowledge as well, enabling information to pass, if sometimes vaguely and intermittently, between Europe and the Far East. These new tales of distant shores fired the imagination of Europe and made their way, with surprising accuracy, as Murrin shows, into the poetry of the period.

A Tale Blazed Through Heaven

... treatments of classical tales, the traditional romance became the most common form for extensive burlesque tellings of the same narratives.

Author: Oliver J. Noble-Wood

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191016993

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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A Tale Blazed Through Heaven examines developments in the representation of the classical tale of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan in the literature and painting of the Golden Age of Spain (c.1526-1681). Anchored in close analysis of individual primary texts, the five chapters that comprise this study assess how poets and painters breathed new life into the tale inherited from Homer, Ovid, and others, examining some of the ways in which the story of Mars, Venus, and Vulcan was disguised, developed, expanded, mocked, combined with or played off against different subjects, or otherwise modified in order to pique the interest of successive generations of readers and viewers. Each chapter discusses what particular changes and shifts in emphasis reveal about the tale itself, specific renderings, the aims and intentions of individual poets and painters, and the wider context of the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Spain. Discussing a range of poems by both canonical (Garcilaso de la Vega, Luis de Góngora, Lope de Vega, etc.) and less well-known writers (Juan de la Cueva, Alonso de Castillo Solórzano, Salvador Jacinto Polo de Medina, etc.), and culminating in detailed examination of select mythological works by Philip IV's court painter, Diego Velázquez, this book sheds light on questions relating to aspects of classical reception in the Renaissance, the rise of specific poetic styles (epic, mock-epic, burlesque, etc.), the interplay between the sister arts of poetry and painting, and the continual process of imitation and invention that was one of the defining features of the Spanish Golden Age.

Manmade Marvels in Medieval Culture and Literature

... more traditional romance might have otherwise experienced. In the Squire's Tale, Chaucer employs romance as a vehicle for the analysis of marvels, ...

Author: S. Lightsey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230605648

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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This book examines marvels as tangible objects in the literary, courtly, and artisanal cultures of medieval England, but these clever devices, neither wholly semiotic nor purely positivist objects, are imbued with diverse cultural significance that illuminates in new ways the familiar literature of the Ricardian period.


In Traditional Romance and Tale, Dr. Wilson investigated several folk tales as
well as the Odyssey, King Horn, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. In her
new book she concentrates (though not exclusively) on Arthurian romances.




Category: Literature, Medieval


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Oral Poetics in Middle English Poetry

Traditional Romance and Tale. Ipswich: Brewer, 1976. Wittig, Susan. “Formulaic Style and the Problem of Redundancy.” Centrum 1 (1973): 123-36. —.

Author: Mark C. Amodio

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429589522

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Originally published in 1994, Oral Tradition in Middle English is an edited collection providing a multidisciplinary look at the importance and nature of oral tradition in Middle English literature. The book offers a discussion of the gradual problemization of orality and literacy in works of verbal art from this period. It shows how early typographies proved too exclusive to explain the heterogeneity of relevant texts, bringing to bear the new and potentially productive concepts of "vocality" and developing literacy. This book establishes a new interpretive paradigm for Middle English poetry.