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Title: Arthurian Romances of Chretien de Troyes: Once and Future Fictions
Author: Maddox, Donald
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521070577
Volumes: 1; Pages: 192
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Chr�tien de Troyes was one of the most important medieval writers of Arthurian narrative. A key figure in reshaping the "once and future fictions" of Arthurian story, he was instrumental in the late twelfth-century shift from written and oral legendary traditions to a highly sophisticated literary cultivation of the Old French verse romance. While examining individually each of Chretien's five Arthurian romances, Donald Maddox looks at their coherence as a group, suggesting that their intertextual relations lend a harmony of meaning and design to the ensemble as a whole. Central to his argument is the focus on customs, which provide unity within as well as among the works while conveying an acute sense of the vulnerability and dissolution of feudal institutions in an age of social crisis and transition.ContentsIntroduction1. Rex quondam: Arthurian tradition and the anterior order2. Safely through the realm: customs in Le chevalier de la charrette3. Tenir Terre: customs in Le chevalier au lion4. Rexque Futurus: the anterior order in Le conte du graal5. Arthurian intertextuality: crisis and customConclusion; Literary customs and the socio-historical questionAbbreviationsNotesBibliography.