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The Beginnings of Medieval Romance
Fact and Fiction, 1150–1220

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature

  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521049566

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  • Up to the twelfth century, writing in the western vernaculars dealt almost exclusively with religious, historical and factual themes, all of which were understood to convey the truth. The second half of the twelfth century saw the emergence of a new genre--the romance--which was consciously conceived as fictional and therefore allowed to break free from traditional presuppositions. Green examines this period of crucial importance for the romance genre and for the genesis of medieval fiction.

    • Offers a comparative approach to the emergence of the romance in the vernacular, looking at German, French, Anglo-Norman and Latin
    • Examines the relation between fictional and historical/factual writing
    • Study by a very well-established author
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    'Green's is a comparative, pan-European approach never neglectful of literary developments and textual examples … but also … Green is a true pleasure to read: his manner is unvaryingly straightforward and robust; the perfect mastery with which he develops an argument allows for no loose ends, neither from one paragraph to the next nor from chapter to chapter.' Dalhousie French Studies

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    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521049566
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.463kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    List of abbreviations
    1. Defining twelfth-century fictionality
    2. Vernacular fiction in the twelfth century
    3. Fictive orality
    4. Fiction and Wolfram's Parzival
    5. Fiction and structure
    6. Fiction and history
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index of names.

  • Author

    D. H. Green, University of Cambridge
    D. H. Green is Shröder Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous books on Medieval German literature.

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