Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner provides the first book-length examination of all four verse continuations that follow Chretien's unfinished Grail story, a powerful site of rewriting from the late twelfth through the fifteenth centuries. By focusing on the dialogue between Chretien and the verse continuators, this study demonstrates how the patterns and puzzles inscribed in the first author's romance continue to guide his successors, whose additions and reinventions throw new light back on the problems medieval readers and writers found in the mother text: questions about society and the individual; love, gender relations, and family ties; chivalry, violence, and religion; issues of collective authorship and doubled heroes, interpretation, rewriting, and canon formation. However far the continuations appear to wander from the master text, the manuscript tradition supports an implicit claim of oneness extending across the multiplicity of discordant voices combined in a dozen different manuscript co
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Author Biography - Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner
Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner taught for many years at Princeton University before moving to Boston College, where she is currently Professor of French. She has published numerous articles, chapters in collective volumes, and dictionary entries in the fields of medieval French literature. Her major books include Narrative Invention in Twelfth-Century French Romance: The Convention of Hospitality (1160-1200) (1980), Shaping Romance: Interpretation, Truth, and Closure in Twelfth-Century French Fictions (1993), and (with her two collaborators, Laurie Shepard and Sarah White) an edition and translation of Songs of the Women Troubadours (1995; rev. 2000). She has also been co-curator for two art exhibits at Boston College, 'Memory and the Middle Ages' and 'Secular Sacred, 11th - 16th Century: Works from the Boston Public Library and the Museum of Fine Arts'.