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The Chansons de Geste in the Age of RomancePolitical Fictions$
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Sarah Kay

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151920.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Chansons de Geste in the Age of Romance

Sarah Kay

Oxford University Press

Because the author believes that the chanson de geste has received an amount of recognition that is a lot less than it should be, this book attempts to examine titles that have already been widely accepted, such as the Renaut de Montauban, and titles that have often been ignored and neglected, like the Doon de la Roche. As we realize that there is a certain relationship between literary criticism and literary history wherein the ‘horizon of expectation’ plays no small part in construing texts, the book will be able to come up with an argument about this genre and how it has developed with the advent of the historical period of romance.

Keywords:   chansons de geste, Renaut de Montauban, horizon of expectation, literary criticism, literary history

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