Fictions of Identity in Medieval France
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Fictions of Identity in Medieval France by Donald Maddox
Book DescriptionIn this study of vernacular French narrative from the twelfth century through the later Middle Ages, first published in 2000, Donald Maddox considers the construction of identity in a wide range of fictions. He focuses on crucial encounters, widespread in medieval literature, in which characters are informed about fundamental aspects of their own circumstances and selfhood. These always arresting and highly significant moments of 'specular' encounter are examined in numerous Old and Middle French romances, hagiographic texts, epics and brief narratives. Maddox discloses the key role of identity in an original reading of the Lais of Marie de France as a unified collection, as well as in Arthurian literature, fictions of the courtly tryst, genealogies and medieval family romance. The study offers many new perspectives on the poetic and cultural implications of identity as an imaginary construct during the long formative period of French literature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521026383
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Donald Maddox
Arthurian Romances of Chretien De Troyes, Paperback (July 2008)
Chretien de Troyes was one of the most important medieval writers of Arthurian narrative.
Fictions of Identity in Medieval France, Hardback (November 2000)» View all books by Donald Maddox
This study, first published in 2000, considers the construction of identity in a range of Medieval French fictions.
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Author Biography - Donald Maddox
Donald Maddox, Professor of French and Italian Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is the author of The Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes (1991).
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