Fictions of Identity in Medieval France

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Cambridge University Press, 23.11.2000 - 295 Seiten
In this study of vernacular French narrative from the twelfth century through the later Middle Ages, first published in 2000, Donald Maddox considers the construction of identity in a wide range of fictions. He focuses on crucial encounters, widespread in medieval literature, in which characters are informed about fundamental aspects of their own circumstances and selfhood. These always arresting and highly significant moments of 'specular' encounter are examined in numerous Old and Middle French romances, hagiographic texts, epics and brief narratives. Maddox discloses the key role of identity in an original reading of the Lais of Marie de France as a unified collection, as well as in Arthurian literature, fictions of the courtly tryst, genealogies and medieval family romance. The study offers many new perspectives on the poetic and cultural implications of identity as an imaginary construct during the long formative period of French literature.
 

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the Lais of Marie de France
24
2 The specular encounter in Arthurian romance
83
3 From encounter to specular encounter in fictions of the courtly tryst
131
4 The specular encounter in fictions of lineage
166
AFTERWORD The specular encounter in perspective
201
Appendix
216
Notes
221
Select bibliography
275
Index
290
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Donald Maddox, Professor of French and Italian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the author of The Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes (1991).

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