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Romance and History
Imagining Time from the Medieval to the Early Modern Period

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Jon Whitman, Christopher Baswell, Catherine Croizy-Naquet, Robert W. Hanning, Adrian Stevens, Friedrich Wolfzettel, Edward Donald Kennedy, Helen Cooper, Jean-Pierre Martin, Riccardo Bruscagli, Marco Praloran, Daniel Javitch, David Quint, Gordon Teskey, Marina S. Brownlee
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  • Date Published: July 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107665255

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  • To what extent can imaginative events be situated in time and history? From the medieval to the early modern period, this question is intriguingly explored in the expansive literary genre of romance. This collective study, edited by Jon Whitman, is the first systematic investigation of that formative process during more than four hundred years. While concentrating on changing configurations of romance itself, the volume examines a number of important related reference points, from epic to chronicle to critical theory. Recalling but qualifying conventional approaches to the three 'matters' of Rome, Britain, and France, the far-reaching inquiry engages major works in a variety of idioms, including Latin, French, English, German, Italian, and Spanish. With contributions from a range of internationally distinguished scholars, this unique volume offers a carefully coordinated framework for enriching not only the reading of romance, but also the understanding of changing attitudes toward the temporal process at large.

    • Investigates closely the interplay between approaches to romance and attitudes toward time and history
    • Presents detailed and interdisciplinary analyses of influential narratives from the twelfth to the seventeenth centuries
    • Includes important essays by eminent senior scholars from a wide span of European traditions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is a comprehensive compilation of resources, dates, names, titles, and a deep literary analysis … I believe this is essential reading for those interested in the representation of history in the past, and a excellent resource for Medieval and Early Modern experts.' Angela P. Pacheco, BSLS Reviews

    'This is a fascinating and very informative collection of essays, which succeeds admirably in collectively breaking some new ground in the exploration of topics and texts that are otherwise covered extensively in their respective fields of study.' Raluca Radulescu, Journal of Literature and History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107665255
    • length: 329 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Opening Perspectives:
    1. Romance and history: designing the times Jon Whitman
    Part II. The Matter of Rome (and Realms to the East): Approaches to Antiquity:
    2. Fearful histories: the past contained in the romances of antiquity Christopher Baswell
    3. Troy and Rome, two narrative presentations of history in the thirteenth century: the Roman de Troie en prose and the Faits des Romains Catherine Croizy-Naquet
    Part III. The Matter of Britain: Social and Spiritual Drives:
    4. Inescapable history: Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain and Arthurian romances of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Robert W. Hanning
    5. Gottfried, Wolfram, and the Angevins: history, genealogy, and fiction in the Tristan and Parzival romances Adrian Stevens
    6. Fictional history as ideology: functions of the grail legend from Robert de Boron to the Roman de Perceforest Friedrich Wolfzettel
    7. The prose Brut, Hardyng's Chronicle, and the alliterative Morte Arthure: the end of the story Edward Donald Kennedy
    8. Arthur in transition: Malory's Morte Darthur Helen Cooper
    Part IV. The Matters of France and Italy: Acts of Recollection and Invention:
    9. The Chanson de geste as a construction of memory Jean-Pierre Martin
    10. Ruggiero's story: the making of a dynastic hero Riccardo Bruscagli
    11. Temporality and narrative structure in European romance from the late fifteenth century to the early sixteenth century Marco Praloran
    Part V. Matters of Fabulation and Fact: Shifting Registers:
    12. The disparagement of chivalric romance for its lack of historicity in sixteenth-century Italian poetics Daniel Javitch
    13. Romance and history in Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata David Quint
    14. The thinking of history in Spenserian romance Gordon Teskey
    15. La Cava: romance and history in Corral and Cervantes Marina S. Brownlee
    Part VI. Closing Reference Points:
    16. Afterword and afterward: romance, history, time Jon Whitman
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  • Editor

    Jon Whitman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Jon Whitman teaches in the Department of English of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where for many years he also directed the Center for Literary Studies. He has published a range of essays on approaches to romance and history, and he is the author of Allegory: The Dynamics of an Ancient and Medieval Technique (1987) and the editor of Interpretation and Allegory: Antiquity to the Modern Period (2000).


    Jon Whitman, Christopher Baswell, Catherine Croizy-Naquet, Robert W. Hanning, Adrian Stevens, Friedrich Wolfzettel, Edward Donald Kennedy, Helen Cooper, Jean-Pierre Martin, Riccardo Bruscagli, Marco Praloran, Daniel Javitch, David Quint, Gordon Teskey, Marina S. Brownlee

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