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This strange mixture of conscience and egotism : Sir Launfal and the story of courtly romance

Author: Jeffrey Yagod; Concordia University.
Publisher: 1993.
Dissertation: M.A. Dept. of English, Concordia University 1993
Series: (Canadian thesis = Thèses canadiennes).
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript : Microfiche   Archival Material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This thesis is an attempt to explain the popularity of medieval courtly romance, which was in my view not simply a prototypical and highly influential species of Western popular culture, but also a considerable force in Western Europe's evolution towards a liberal society in which there can be such a thing as "popular" culture, as we currently understand the term. As this thesis argues, the fundamental strategy of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Thomas Chestre; Chrétien, de Troyes; Marie, de France; Chrétien, de Troyes; Marie, de France
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Yagod; Concordia University.
ISBN: 0315846895 9780315846890
OCLC Number: 896601757
Reproduction Notes: Copy 3, microfiche. Ottawa, Ont. : Library and Archives Canada, [1993?]. 1 microfiche. (Canadian thesis = Thèses canadiennes).
Description: vi, 148 leaves ; 29 cm
Series Title: (Canadian thesis = Thèses canadiennes).
Responsibility: Jeffrey Yagod.

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This thesis is an attempt to explain the popularity of medieval courtly romance, which was in my view not simply a prototypical and highly influential species of Western popular culture, but also a considerable force in Western Europe's evolution towards a liberal society in which there can be such a thing as "popular" culture, as we currently understand the term. As this thesis argues, the fundamental strategy of courtly romance (which, by inductive implication, can thus be accounted the reasons for the genre's success) is to situate the desires and means thereto of its characters on a moral, yet attainable, is middle ground--or "mainstream," thinking of this term in all its ethical and cultural connotations--between sinfulness and saintliness. This chivalric or courtly morality--part conscientious ideal and part egotistic ideology--seeks not to deny desire but simply to regulate and civilize it, resulting in tales accessible to an audience much wider than simply armed, male warriors. My reading of courtly romance begins with Sir Launfal, Thomas Chestre's Middle English verse narrative of the late fourteenth century, an "uncourtly" specimen of the genre well suited to pique and charm the tastes of twentieth century readers. Following this, my study shifts to the twelfth century, Old French romanciers--Chretien and Marie in particular--who more or less invented the genre. At end, I briefly examine how courtly romance, with especial reference to the realistic and parodic aspects of Sir Launfal, contained within it the seeds of the modern European novel.

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very interesting thesis. very difficult to prove but leads to further study of historical romantic fiction.

Looking forward to more writings by this author

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