Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance

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The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance, ed. Roberta L. Krueger (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,2000). xix + 290 pp. ISBN 0-521-55342-3, L37.50 (hard covers); 0-521-55687-2, L13.95 (p/b). A succession of strong studies focused on French romance form the heart of this book, and will enable readers not just to get their bearings in the subject but to access the edge of research. In the first section, on origins and contexts for romance, Matilda Tomaryn Brucker writes on the 'shape' of French romance, Christopher Baswell on the uses of antiquity and the translatio imperii and studii, Simon Gaunt on generic boundaries, and Sylvia Huot on the importance of manuscript context. The second section considers issues for debate in relation to romance and society, with Sarah Kay writing on courtly and clerical culture and courtly love, and Richard Kaeuper on chivalry in relation to violence, piety, and government; Jeff Rider providing a rather inert taxonomical list of the 'other', and Roberta Krueger a survey of the wide range of attitudes to gender issues; and Sheila Fisher claiming that Chaucer, the Gawain-- poet, and Malory all marginalize women in the same way. …

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