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Thinking medieval romance

Author: Katherine C Little; Nicola McDonald
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First EditionView all editions and formats
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"Medieval romances with their magic fountains, brave knights, and beautiful maidens have come to stand for the Middle Ages more generally. This close connection between the medieval and the romance has had consequences for popular conceptions of the Middle Ages, an idealized fantasy of chivalry and hierarchy, and also for our understanding of romances, as always already archaic, part of a half-forgotten past. And  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Katherine C Little; Nicola McDonald
ISBN: 9780198795148 0198795149
OCLC Number: 1112784871
Notes: Includes index
Description: viii, 243 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Does romance think?. Romance thinks politics. Romance thinks religion. Romance thinks music. Rethinking the term 'romance'
Responsibility: edited by Katherine C. Little and Nicola McDonald

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"Medieval romances with their magic fountains, brave knights, and beautiful maidens have come to stand for the Middle Ages more generally. This close connection between the medieval and the romance has had consequences for popular conceptions of the Middle Ages, an idealized fantasy of chivalry and hierarchy, and also for our understanding of romances, as always already archaic, part of a half-forgotten past. And yet, romances were one of the most influential and long-lasting innovations of the medieval period. To emphasize their novelty is to see the resources medieval people had for thinking about their contemporary concern and controversies, whether social order, Jewish/ Christian relations, the Crusades, the connectivity of the Mediterranean, women's roles as mothers, and how to write a national past. This volume takes up the challenge to 'think romance', investigating the various ways that romances imagine, reflect, and describe the challenges of the medieval world"

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