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The English romance in time : transforming motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the death of Shakespeare

Author: Helen Cooper
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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"This book is a study of English romance across the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It explores romance motifs--quests and fairy mistresses, passionate heroines and rudderless boats and missing heirs--from the first emergence of the genre in French and Anglo-Norman in the twelfth century down to the early seventeenth. This is a continuous story, since the same romances that constituted the largest and most  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Cooper
ISBN: 9780199532582 0199532583 9780199248865 0199248869
OCLC Number: 176819712
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Introduction: 'Enter, pursued with a bear' --
Quest and pilgrimage: 'the adventure that God shall send me' --
Providence and the sea: 'no tackle, sail, nor mast' --
Magic that doesn't work --
Fairy monarchs, fairy mistresses: 'I am of ane other countree' --
Desirable desire: 'I am wholly given over unto thee' --
Women on trial --
Restoring the rightful heir: 'if that which is lost be not found' --
Unhappy endings: 'the most accursed, unhappy, and evil fortuned'.
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An exploration of English romance across the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Helen cooper traces romance motifs - quests and fairy mistresses, passionate heroines and rudderless boats and missing  Read more...

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a book well stocked with information and generously peppered throughout with humorous analogy. * Tiffany Alkan, Reformation * In its erudition, thoroughness, fidelity to its subject, and its Read more...

 
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