The Challenge of the Medieval Text: Studies in Genre and Interpretation

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minishes that topic. As we saw, the verbal reminiscences, even reminiscences of whole passages, of the works of Chrétien de Troyes are very clear. It is highly probable that the more sophisticated of Marie's contemporaries would recognise them. The use of such material in a form devoted to pleasant tales comes close to mocking the genre from which it derives. Marie is doing very much the same as the Archipoeta, who refused to write an epic on the deeds of Friedrich Barbarossa but did write a short "lyric",on his prowess which proves to be an ironical criticism of his desire to be God's vicegerent on earth in both the secular and spiritual sense. Marie, by her neat use of the lai to parody the romance would make it clear to an audience which was very conscious of the limits of genre what she thought of romance conventions. One does not put battle scenes on cameo rings.


NOTES
1.
Les Lais de Marie de France, Jean Rychner, ed., CFMA No. 93 ( Paris: Champion, 1973).
2.
Chrétien de Troyes, Le Chevalier au Lion (Yvain), Mario Roques, ed., CFMA No. 89 ( Paris: Champion, 1968).
3.
Chrétien de Troyes, Le Roman de Perceval, William Roach, ed., Textes Littéraires Francais No. 71, 2d ed. ( Geneva: Droz, 1959).

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Publications xiii
  • One Courtly Love 1
  • I - The De Amore of Andreas Capellanus and the Practice of Love at Court 3
  • Notes 12
  • 2 - Faith Unfaithful--The German Reaction to Courtly Love 14
  • Notes 33
  • Two - Lyric 35
  • 3 - Contrast Imagery in the Poems of Friedrich Von Hausen 37
  • Note 48
  • 4 - Persona and Audience in Two Medieval Love-Lyrics 49
  • Note 65
  • 5 - The Medieval Pastourelle as a Satirical Genre 66
  • Notes 79
  • 6 - The Politics of a Poet: The Archipoeta as Revealed by His Imagery 81
  • Notes 101
  • Three - Epic and Drama 103
  • 7 - The Epic Center as Structural Determinant in Medieval Narrative Poetry 105
  • Note 124
  • 8 - Time and Space in the Ludus De Antichristo 125
  • Notes 142
  • Pyrgopolinices Converted: The Boasting Soldier in Medieval German Literature 144
  • Notes 153
  • Four - Allegory and Romance 155
  • 10 - Allegory and Allegorization 157
  • Note 171
  • II - The Nature of Romance 172
  • Notes 182
  • 12 - Problems of Communication in the Romances of Chrétien De Troyes 185
  • Note 196
  • 13 - The Arthuricity of Marie De France 197
  • Notes 217
  • 14 - The Progress of Parzival and the Trees of Virtue and Vice 218
  • Notes 225
  • 15 - The Literary Views of Gottfried Von Strassburg 226
  • Notes 246
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