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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


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


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


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


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


The Social Wolf: Domestication, Affect, and Social Contract

Peggy McCracken

in In the Skin of a Beast: Sovereignty and Animality in Medieval France

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226458922
eISBN:
9780226459080
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226459080.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter explores literary debates about the contractual nature of sovereign relations in a set of literary texts about wolves: saints’ lives in which wolves submit miraculously to human mastery; ... More


The Voice in the Tomb of the Lais

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/9780226059693.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes the tone or voice in Marie de France's Lais. It argues that the fatality attached to language in the Lais seems to function in a number of tales according to the so-called law ... More


Beastly Talk: The Fables

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/9780226059693.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines language use in Marie de France's Fables. It suggests that the basic material of the fable gains the resonance of a didactic tale alongside the dit, beau dit, mots, beaux mots, ... More


Magic that doesn't work

Helen Cooper

in The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248865
eISBN:
9780191719394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248865.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The most interesting uses of magic and the supernatural in romance are those where potential wonder at the magic is displaced by wonder at the virtue of the hero (as in some lais of Marie de France); ... More


Between Fable and Romance

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/9780226059693.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the elements of doctrine that fit into the mold of fable and of romance in Marie de France's Espurgatoire Seint Patriz, her translation of the Tractatus. It analyzes Marie's ... More


Marie de France, the Psalms, and the Construction of Romance Authorship

Geoff Rector

in Thinking Medieval Romance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198795148
eISBN:
9780191836497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795148.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the influence of the Psalms on the development of vernacular authorial roles in the twelfth century. It argues that authors of courtly romances, in the period of the genre’s ... More


Madness and the Body

Sylvia Huot

in Madness in Medieval French Literature: Identities Found and Lost

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199252121
eISBN:
9780191719110
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199252121.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the trauma produced when a character’s social identity does not match their bodily identity: a situation arising not only with the erratic behaviour of knights gone mad, but ... More


The Anglo-Norman Conquest of Ireland and the Colonization of the Afterlife

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/9780226059693.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter analyzes the depiction of Saint Patrick, afterlife, and Purgatory in Marie de France's Espurgatoire Seint Patriz. The analysis suggests that the visions of the afterlife in which ... More


Music by Tristan: The Two Lais of Chèvrefeuille

Monika Otter

in Thinking Medieval Romance

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780198795148
eISBN:
9780191836497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795148.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter considers the interplay between medieval Tristan romances and Tristan songs, music closely associated with the romances and indeed attributed to the character Tristan himself. In ... More


It Is Different with Us: Love, Individuality, and Fiction

Laura Ashe

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume I: 1000-1350: Conquest and Transformation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780199575381
eISBN:
9780191845420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199575381.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter considers the literary representation of love in both religious and secular texts in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. It discusses the ‘sexuality’ of religious devotion, and the ... More


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