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Writing aloud : storytelling in late medieval England

Author: Nancy M Bradbury
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this study, Nancy Bradbury presents a spectrum of medieval English romances that extends from the fragmentary remains of a predominantly oral tradition to a writerly work that proclaims its own place in the European tradition of canonical poetry. By focusing on works composed at the interface of oral and literary tradition, Bradbury tracks the movement of folkloric patterns from the shared culture of oral  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy M Bradbury
ISBN: 0252024036 9780252024030
OCLC Number: 37721265
Description: 247 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: orality, literacy, and Middle English romance --
The tale of Gamelyn as a Greenwood outlaw talking --
Havelok the Dane: telling into writing --
The seege of Troye: telling and retelling --
"Faire Ben tales in compaignye": the dual art of Kyng Alisaunder --
Chaucerian minstrelsy: Troilus and Criseyde --
Notes --
Works cited --
Index.
Responsibility: Nancy Mason Bradbury.

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"In this study, Nancy Bradbury presents a spectrum of medieval English romances that extends from the fragmentary remains of a predominantly oral tradition to a writerly work that proclaims its own place in the European tradition of canonical poetry. By focusing on works composed at the interface of oral and literary tradition, Bradbury tracks the movement of folkloric patterns from the shared culture of oral storytelling to the realm of elite literature."--Jacket.

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"Writing that is clear and unusually free of jargon. The book is a welcome addition to the study of Middle English romance." -- Velma Bourgeois Richmond, Speculum, A Journal of Medieval Studies

 
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