Medieval Narrative: An Introduction

Paperback | January 19, 2005

byTony Davenport

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An introduction to the variety of medieval narrative, intended both for students and more general readers who already know some of the classics of the Middle Ages, such as Beowulf, the Decameron and The Canterbury Tales,, and who wish to venture further. Medieval definitions and theories ofnarrative are considered in relation to modern narratology and the major medieval types of narrative are discussed. The perspective in this book is mainly English, with Chaucer as a central figure, but it refers to a range of well-known European texts and writers, such as Marie de France, Cretiende Troyes, the Niebelungenlied, the Poem of the Cid, Dante and Boccaccio.

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An introduction to the variety of medieval narrative, intended both for students and more general readers who already know some of the classics of the Middle Ages, such as Beowulf, the Decameron and The Canterbury Tales,, and who wish to venture further. Medieval definitions and theories ofnarrative are considered in relation to moder...

Formerly Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds (1959-64) and then successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor at Royal Holloway, University of London, Tony Davenport is now Emeritus Professor of Medieval Literature in the University of London. He is the author of several books and numerous essays on medieval English...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 inPublished:January 19, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199258392

ISBN - 13:9780199258390

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Table of Contents

1. The Idea of Medieval Narrative2. Narrative3. Didactic Narratives4. Forms of History5. Comic Tales6. Fantasy and Dream7. Two Versions of Tragedy: Trolius and Criseyde and the Alliterative Morte Arthure8. Putting Narratives Together9. PostscriptBibliography

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"Davenport's bold attempt to summarize the enormous subject of 'medieval narrative, ' even with all of his qualifications, deserves well earned praise and no small amount of sympathy.... A most welcome, clarifying, and helpful book for those working through medieval narratives seriously for the first time, and it will be a welcome guest at the office of any teacher attempting to do for his or her students what Davenport has accomplished."--Christianity and Literature