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Thinking Medieval Romance

Katherine C. Little and Nicola McDonald


This volume consists of eleven essays on medieval romance. It argues as a whole that the romance genre is one of the most important sites for medieval thinking about topics that were elsewhere unthinkable, including things taken for granted, threatening to the status quo, and actively repressed. The essays focus mainly on Old French, Anglo-Norman, and Middle English romances, and they are organized to highlight: the nature of romance thinking, through wonders and ‘unthinking’; what romance thinks, whether kinship or crusades; romance’s relationship with other genres and forms, including histor ... More

Keywords: romance, medieval literature, Old French, Middle English, fiction

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795148
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795148.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine C. Little, editor
1. Professor of English, University of Colorado Boulder

Nicola McDonald, editor
Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York

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Katherine C. Little and Nicola McDonald

Part I Does Romance Think?

2 Unthinking Thought

James Simpson

Part II Romance Thinks Politics

3 Killing the King

Laura Ashe

Part III Romance Thinks Religion

7 Romance and Revelation

Emma O’Loughlin Bérat

Part IV Romance Thinks Music

9 Music by Tristan

Monika Otter

Part V Rethinking the Term ‘Romance’

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