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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Uitti, Karl D.
Chrétien de Troyes revisited.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1995
|Named Person:||Chrétien, de Troyes; Chrétien, de Troyes; Chrétien, de Troyes; Chrétien (de Troyes)|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Karl D Uitti; Michelle A Freeman
|Description:||xv, 169 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||Ch. 1. Biography and General Background --
Ch. 2. Schools, the Vernacular, and the Court --
Ch. 3. Erec et Enide and Cliges: Conjointure, Clergie, and Translatio --
Ch. 4. Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot) and Le Chevalier an Lion (Yvain): Twin Romances --
Ch. 5. Myth and Spirituality: Le Conte du Graal (Perceval) --
Appendix: A Note on Philomena (Ovide moralise) and the Lyric Poems.
|Series Title:||Twayne's world authors series, TWAS 855.; Twayne's world authors series., French literature.|
|Responsibility:||Karl D. Uitti with Michelle A. Freeman.|
This beautifully written book, born out of exhaustive research and informed study, covers the five major romances in octosyllabic rhyming couplets that may with certainty be ascribed to Chretien de Troyes, and touches upon a few minor works that have been attributed to him. In what is undeniably the definitive study on this subject. Uitti breaks new ground at nearly every level. He shows how Chretien explored two principal issues that serve to structure every one of his romances: the development of the young man into adulthood, and the problems of the couple. In each of his works, Chretien builds on these elements, developing the themes in a series of adventures undergone by a number of successful couples, and virtually singing the praises of marriage.
So too does Uitti provide a new perspective through his careful intertextual reading of Le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain) and Le Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot), arguing that together they constitute a "super romance." When we read them together, Uitti suggests, we see that one of the subjects being treated is the writing of the romance itself. Finally, Uitti establishes startling and vital links between the Conte du Graal (Perceval) and all the works preceding it, as well as between Chretien and other literature - both Latin and vernacular - of the Middle Ages (especially Tristan et Iseult, which exerted a powerful effect on the social elites of the day, and which, in Chretien's view, glorified destructive passions). This contextualization of Chretien furnishes not only marvelous insight into the subject matter, but also a rare glimpse of scholarly work in its most inspiring guise.
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