Understanding Genre and Medieval Romance

Understanding Genre and Medieval Romance

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Unique in combining a comprehensive and comparative study of genre with a study of romance, this book constitutes a significant contribution to ongoing critical debates over the definition of romance and the genre and artistry of Malory's Morte Darthur. K.S. Whetter addresses the questions of how exactly romance might be defined and how such an awareness of genre impacts upon both the understanding and reception of the texts in question.Typical epic subjects include the anger and withdrawal of a hero, fights to the death between kinsmen or friends, and feudal loyalty ... 750-700 B.C.), the Aeneid (30-19 B.C.), the Mahabharata (final recension fourth century a.d.), 76 Beowulf (eighth-eleventh century ... than its romance successor because of its acceptance and promotion of such easily misunderstood traits as heroic flyting and blood-feuds.

Title:Understanding Genre and Medieval Romance
Author: Kevin Sean Whetter
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2008

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