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The danger of romance : truth, fantasy, and Arthurian fictions

Author: Karen Sullivan
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Romance has traditionally been dismissed by critics for failing to represent the world as it is, and yet it has been embraced by readers attracted to its distinctive depiction of reality. Given the pleasure it has afforded readers over the centuries, is it possible that it is expressing a truth unrecognized by realist genres? The Arthurian literature of the Middle Ages, Karen Sullivan argues, consistently  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Literary criticism
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sullivan, Karen, 1964-
Danger of romance.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
(OCoLC)1029252279
Named Person: Arthur, King; Lancelot, (Legendary character); Merlin, (Legendary character); Merlin, (Legendary character); Merlin, (Legendary character); Arthur, King.; Lancelot, (Legendary character); Arthur, King; Lancelot, (Legendary character)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Sullivan
ISBN: 9780226540122 022654012X 9780226540269 022654026X
OCLC Number: 993134442
Description: 299 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Romance and its reception. The case against romance ; The case for romance --
Merlin: magic, miracles, and marvels. The madman and the seer ; The engineer and the prophet ; The devil and the enchanter --
King Arthur: history and fiction. The sword in the stone ; The court at Camelot ; The isle of Avalon --
Lancelot of the lake: the reality of the ideal. The lovers ; The realists ; The romantics ; The readers --
The quest of the Holy Grail: the sacredness of the secular. The euchairst and the grail ; Penance, pilgrimage, and the quest ; Significance and semblance --
Truth and the imagination: from romance to children's fantasy. Castles in Spain ; The Chronicles of Narnia ; Harry Potter.
Responsibility: Karen Sullivan.

Abstract:

Romance has traditionally been dismissed by critics for failing to represent the world as it is, and yet it has been embraced by readers attracted to its distinctive depiction of reality. Given the pleasure it has afforded readers over the centuries, is it possible that it is expressing a truth unrecognized by realist genres? The Arthurian literature of the Middle Ages, Karen Sullivan argues, consistently ventriloquizes the criticisms that were being made of romance at the time and implicitly defends itself against those criticisms. The danger of romance shows that the conviction that ordinary reality is the only reality is itself an assumption, and one that can blind those who hold it to the extraordinary phenomena that exist around them, demonstrating that which is rare, ephemeral, and inexplicable is no less real than that which is commonplace, long-lasting, and easily accounted for. If romance continues to appeal to audiences today, whether in its Arthurian prototype or in its more recent incarnations, it is because it confirms the perception - or even the hope - of a beauty and truth in the world that realist genres deny.

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