Early Fiction In England: From Geoffrey Of Monmouth To Chaucer

Paperback | December 29, 2015

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A brilliant new anthology that shows how fiction was reinvented in the twelfth century after an absence of hundreds of years.
     Before the twelfth century, fiction had completely disappeared in Europe. In this important and provocative book, Laura Ashe shows how English writers brought it back, composing new tales about King Arthur, his knights, and other heroes and heroines in Latin, French, and English. Why did fiction disappear, and why did it come to life again, to establish itself as our dominant form of literature ever since? And what do we even mean by the term “fiction”? Gathering extracts from the most important texts of the period, by Wace, Marie de France, Chaucer, and others, this volume offers an absorbing and surprising introduction to the earliest English fiction.

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A brilliant new anthology that shows how fiction was reinvented in the twelfth century after an absence of hundreds of years.     Before the twelfth century, fiction had completely disappeared in Europe. In this important and provocative book, Laura Ashe shows how English writers brought it back, composing new tales about King Arthur, ...

LAURA ASHE is a university lecturer in English and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. Her first book, Fiction and History in England, 1066–1200 (Cambridge University Press, 2007), has been followed by numerous articles and edited collections. She is now writing the new Oxford English Literary History, Volume 1: 1000–1350 (Oxford Univ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 7.76 × 5.03 × 0.82 inPublished:December 29, 2015Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141392878

ISBN - 13:9780141392875

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