Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Cyclification: The Development of Narrative Cycles in the Chansons De Geste and the Arthurian Romances

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Cyclification: The Development of Narrative Cycles in the Chansons De Geste and the Arthurian Romances

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Cyclification: The Development of Narrative Cycles in the Chansons de Geste and the A rthurian Romances, ed. Bart Besamusca, Willem P. Gerritsen, Corry Hogetoorn and Orlanda S. H. Lie (Amsterdam [etc.]: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen Verhandelingen, 1994). vii + 235 pp. ISBN 0-444-85781-8. D. fl. 78. This interesting volume, the proceedings of a Colloquium on Cyclification held in Amsterdam in December 1992, contains five plenary lectures and thirty-one discussion notes dealing with five important aspects of cyclification: typological, codicological, biographical, genetic, and structural and thematic. The lectures cover both epic and romance in a number of languages. Emmanuele Baumgartner, in a stimulating paper, `Le roman de Tristan en prose et le cercle des bretthes estoires', explores the poetics of compilation. She shows how the Prose Tristan combines two ways of expanding the story: on the one hand, by the well-established techniques of continuation and, on the other, by the more recently developed technique of decentralization through sub-plots and a range of contrasting characters. Michael Heintz, `Les techniques de la formation de cycles dans les chansons de geste', distinguishes four processes of cycle formation. …

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