The Court and Cultural Diversity: Selected Papers from the Eighth Triennial Meeting of the International Courtly Literature Society, 1995

The Court and Cultural Diversity: Selected Papers from the Eighth Triennial Meeting of the International Courtly Literature Society, 1995

By: Evelyn Mullally (author), John Thompson (author)Hardback

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Cultural differences in medieval European literary practice are reflected in many different ways, as this volume illustrates. The essays cover a whole range of courtly topics, in particular questions of context, genre and poetic voice. The five sections explore contexts for courtliness, especially the position of the vernacular poet at or near the court; the ways in which courtly values and political aspirations are reflected in the work of medieval chronicle and romance writers; questions of register, convention, gender, and narrative technique; problems of literary production and reception, particularly the transmission of courtly and quasi-courtly texts among widely differing medieval audiences; and broader issues such as the clues to the courtly mentality provided by peripheral narrative details, the blurring of conventional courtly boundaries, and the perennial fascination of tales with strong folklore or fabliau elements. Dr EVELYN MULLALLY and Dr JOHN THOMPSON are Senior Lecturers at the Queen's University of Belfast. Contributors: GEAROID MAC EOIN, NOLLAIG O MURA-LE, RUPERT T. PICKENS, FRANCOISE LE SAUX, CATHERINE LEGLU, BARBARA N. SARGENT-BAUR, AD PUTTER, MICHEL ZINK, DONALD MADDOX, JEANBLACKER, SARA STURM-MADDOX, MICHELLE SZKIILNIK, THEA SUMMERFIELD, HELEN COOPER JOHN SCATTERGOOD, JUNE HALL MCCASH, JOAN BRUMLIK, LESLIE C. BROOK MAUREEN BOULTON, JESSICA COOKE, DIANE M. WRIGHT, G. KOOLEMANS BEYNEN, LORI J. WALTERS, SYLVIA WRIGHT, FRANK BRANDSMA, CARTER REVARD, A S G EDWARDS, HEATHER COLLIER, TERENCE SCULLY, CHRISTOPHER KLEINHENZ, SARA I. JAMES, WILLIAM MACBAIN, SARA I. JAMES, MARY B. SPEER, YASMINA FOEHR-JANSSENS, CAROL J. HARVEY, BART BESAMUSCA, KEITH BUSBY


Part 1 Contexts for courtliness: poets and prince in medieval Ireland; Court poets and historians in late-medieval Connaught; courtly acculturation in the "Lais" and "Fables" of Marie de France; locating the Court - socio-cultural exchange in Jean Renart's "L'Escoufle"; negative self-promotion - the troubadour "Sirventes Joglaresc"; odd man out - Villon at Court; animating Court satire. Part 2 Fashioning history and romance: la fin des "Chroniques" de Froissart et le tragique de la cour; domesticating diversity - female founders in medieval genealogical literature and "La Fille de Comte de Pontieu"; "Dame Custance le Gentil" - Gaimar's portrait of a lady and her books; alterity and subjectivity in the "Roman de Melusine"; Passelion, Marc l'Essilie et l'ideal courtois; the political songs in the chronicles of Pierre de Langtoft and Robert Mannying; romance after Bosworth. Part 3 Negotiating a courtly voice: courtliness in some 14th-century English pastourelles; "Amor" in Marie de France's "Equitan" and "Fresne" - the failure of the courtly ideal; secondary characters in "Equitan" and "Eliduc"; the optimistic love-poet - Philippe de Beaumanoir; the lady speaks - the transformation of French courtly poetry in the 14th and 15th centuries; nice young girls and wicked old witches - the "rightful age" of women in Middle English verse; readers, writers and lovers in "Grimalte y Gradissa"; Shota Rustaveli and the structure of courtly love. Part 4 Texts and readers: the Tournai "Rose" as a secular and a sacred Epithalamium; the "Gesta Henrici Quinti" and the Bedford psalter-hours; medieval equivalents of "quote-unquote" - the presentation of spoken words in courtly romance; courtly romances in the Privy Wardrobe; John Shirley and the emulation of courtly culture; Richard Hill - a London compiler. Part 5 The limits of courtliness: our food, foreign foods - food as a cultural de-limiter in the Middle Ages; courtly cooking "all'Italiana" - gastronomical approaches to medieval Italian literature; the outsider at court - or, what is so strange about the stranger?; "pseudo"-courtly elements in a canonical epic; the prodigal knight, the hungry mother and the triple murder - mirrors and marvels in the "Dolopathos" dog story; une recluse fort (peu) courtoise - destin d'une anecdote dans le "Roman des Sept Sages"; courtly discourse and folklore in "La Manekine"; the first-person narrator in Middle-Dutch "fabliaux"; the diabolic hero in medieval French narrative - "Trubert" and "Wistasse le Moine".

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  • ISBN13: 9780859915175
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 436
  • ID: 9780859915175
  • ISBN10: 0859915174

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