Transforming Tales: Rewriting Metamorphosis in Medieval French Literature by Miranda Griffin

Transforming Tales: Rewriting Metamorphosis in Medieval French Literature

byMiranda Griffin

Hardcover | September 27, 2015

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Transforming Tales argues that the study of transformation is crucial for understanding a wide range of canonical work in medieval French literature. From the lais and Arthurian romances of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, through the Roman de la Rose and its widespread influence, to thefourteenth-century Ovide moralise and the vast prose cycles of the late Middle Ages, metamorphosis is a recurrent theme, resulting in some of the best-known and most powerful literature of the era. Transforming Tales is the first book in English to explore in detail the importance of ideas ofmetamorphosis in French literature from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. This book's purpose is twofold: it traces a series of figures (the werewolf, the snake-woman, the nymph, the magician, amongst others) as they are transformed within individual texts; and it also examines the way in which the stories of transformation themselves become rewritten during the course ofthe Middle Ages. Griffin's approach combines close readings and comparisons of literary texts with readings informed by modern critical theories which are grounded in many of the ideas raised by medieval metamorphosis: the body, gender, identity and categories of life. Literary depictions andreworkings of transformation raise questions about medieval understandings of the differences between human and animal, man and woman, God and man, life and death--these are the questions explored in Transforming Tales.

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After a comprehensive education in Wiltshire, Miranda Griffin completed her undergraduate and graduate education at Cambridge. She has taught in Cambridge, London, and Oxford; and has been a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge since 2007. Her first book, The Object and the Cause in the Vulgate Cycle was published by Legenda in...

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Title:Transforming Tales: Rewriting Metamorphosis in Medieval French LiteratureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:September 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019968698X

ISBN - 13:9780199686988

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Introduction: Rewriting Metamorphosis1. Dismembering Ovid2. Reflecting on Echo3. The Beast Without4. Sex and the Serpent5. Now you see him . . . : The Metamorphoses of MerlinConclusion: The Stuff that Dreams are Made on