Genre(s): Literary Criticism
- March 2009 · 668pages · 242x168mm
- ·Paperback - 9780708321966
This major reference work is the fourth volume in the series “Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages”. Its intention is to update the French and Occitan chapters in R.S. Loomis’ “Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages: A Collaborative History” (Oxford, 1959) and to provide a volume which will serve the needs of students and scholars of Arthurian literature. The principal focus is the production, dissemination and evolution of Arthurian material in French and Occitan from the twelfth to the fifteenth century. Beginning with a substantial overview of Arthurian manuscripts, the volume covers writing in both verse (Wace, the Tristan legend, Chretien de Troyes and the Grail Continuations, Marie de France and the anonymous lays, the lesser known romances) and prose (the Vulgate Cycle, the prose Tristan, the Post-Vulgate Roman du Graal, etc.).
The book has an exceptional line-up of contributors, and provides comprehensive coverage of French Arthurian literature. The editors and contributors write as acknowledged experts, so that the book will be authoritative.A" Dr Ad Putter, Department of English, University of Bristol. A welcome particularity of this volume is its number of co-authored chapters, each collaborator being invariably a world authority on her/his particular segment of the work. I predict for this pivotal volume in an already distinguished series a 'shelf life' as long as or even longer than that of Roger Sherman Loomis's Arthurian Literature in the Middle Ages (1959), often invoked by previous generations as a 'bible' but which, unlike the present, splendidly judicious volume, had sometimes to be read with a certain degree of care.A" Neil Thomas, Durham University, 'Reading Medieval Reviews', Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies