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Introduction

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This introductory chapter discusses the contents of this volume which is about the works and identity of Marie de France who is considered France's first woman poet. It suggests that the anonymity of ... More


From Aesop to Reynard: Beast Literature in Medieval Britain

Jill Mann

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199217687
eISBN:
9780191712371
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217687.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, European Literature

What do stories about animals have to tell us about human beings? This book analyses the shrewd perceptions about human life—and especially human language—that emerge from narratives in which the ... More


Narratives of True Love and Twelfth-Century Common Sense

William M. Reddy

in The Making of Romantic Love: Longing and Sexuality in Europe, South Asia, and Japan, 900-1200 CE

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226706269
eISBN:
9780226706283
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706283.003.0004
Subject:
History, World Medieval History

This chapter considers the incorporation of the courtly love ideal into the verse narratives of some Arthurian romances. It also examines the question of how widely the principles of courtly love ... More


Talking the Talk/Walking the Walk: Gendering Death

Simon Gaunt

in Love and Death in Medieval French and Occitan Courtly Literature: Martyrs to Love

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199272075
eISBN:
9780191709869
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199272075.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter seeks to explore how dying for love is gendered in medieval French and Occitan texts, focusing on how women die differently from men. This chapter includes interpretations of some of the ... More


A Medieval “Best Seller”

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes the key issues explored in Marie de France's Espurgatoire Seint Patriz. It suggests that this work resolved most of the unresolved issues in Lais and Fables and it the most ... More


Changing Places: The Fables and Social Mobility at the Court of Henry II

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter discusses the moral lessons and the depiction of social mobility in Marie de France's Fables. It suggests that in the Fables Marie was obsessed with the question of perspective and of ... More


The Word Aventure and the Adventure of Words

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes the meaning of the word aventure in Marie de France's Lai. It suggests that aventure is one of the richly plurivalent signifiers of the Lais and constitutes a liminal key to the ... More


If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the drama of language in Marie de France's Lais and Guigemar. It suggests that this drama involves a deep desire on Marie's part for control over meaning and over intention in ... More


Marie's Fables and the Rise of the Monarchic State

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the meaning of Marie de France's Fables in relation to the rise of the monarchic state. It suggests that the Fables represents the institutionalization of the violence of the ... More


The Anonymous Marie de France

R. Bloch

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226059686
eISBN:
9780226059693
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This book offers a fundamental reconception of the person generally assumed to be the first woman writer in French, the author known as Marie de France. It considers all of the writing ascribed to ... More


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