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Story, Myth, and Celebration in Old French Narrative Poetry, 1050-1200
Author: Karl D. Uitti

ISBN: 9780691619262
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 21 February 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.4
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Twelfth-century France has been described as the key to many of the most important developments of medieval civilization. Nowhere is this description more accurate than in the domain of poetic invention. The years 1050 to 1200 witnessed the development of a brilliant body of vernacular narrative that not only expressed the complexity of its own time but also bequeathed to posterity a wide gamut of creative possibilities.

Although much has been written about the works of this period, Karl Uitti offers the first critically orientated overview of this poetry as poetry. In the sections devoted to the Songs of Alexis and Roland he studies the narrative as it serves, in various ways, truths exterior to its own organization. These include the implications of Alexis' imitation of Christ and the way theSong of Roland is history conceived in literary and poetic terms. Although a number of devices are examined, the poems are seen in terms of their total significance.

The second part of the book, dedicate principally to the uvre of Chretien de Troyes, d...

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