A Companion to Chrétien de Troyes

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Norris J. Lacy, Joan Tasker Grimbert
DS Brewer, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 242 pages
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Chrétien de Troyes is arguably the creator of Arthurian romance, and it is on his work that later writers have based their interpretations. This book offers both crucial information on, and a comprehensive coverage of, all aspects of the work of Chrétien de Troyes - the literary and historical background, patronage, his influence on other writers, manuscripts and editions of his work and, at the heart of the volume, major essays on the themes, techniques and artistic achievements in each of his compositions; the contributions, all from leading experts in Chrétien and related studies, have been commissioned especially for this volume and are designed to remain accessible to students while also addressing specialists in Arthurian studies and Chrétien de Troyes. They reflect the most current critical and scholarly views on one of the greatest of medieval authors. CONTRIBUTORS: JOHN W. BALDWIN, JUNE HALL MCCASH, LAURENCE HARF-LANCNER, NORRIS J. LACY, DOUGLAS KELLY, KEITH BUSBY, PETER F. DEMBOWSKI, ROBERTA L. KRUEGER, DONALD MADDOX, SARA STURM-MADDOX, JOAN TASKER GRIMBERT, MATILDA TOMARYN BRUCKNER, TONY HUNT, RUPERT T. PICKENS, ANNIE COMBES, MICHELLE SZKILNIK, EMMANUELE BAUMGARTNER
  

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Contents

Chretiens Patrons
15
The Arthurian Legend Before Chretien
43
The Manuscripts of Chretiens Romances
64
TEXTS
79
The First Arthurian Romance
103
A Slave to Love
120
That Obscure Object of Desire Lancelot
137
Yvain Lionheart
156
Chretiens Unfinished Last Romance
169
The Continuations of the Conte du Graal
191
From the Grail Quest to the Joy
214
Select Bibliography
229
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Professor Norris J. Lacy is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of French and Medieval Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Professor Joan Tasker Grimbert is Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C., USA.

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