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Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220 (Dennis Howard Green) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521813990
Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220 (Dennis Howard Green) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 9780521813990
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Title: The Beginnings of Medieval Romance: Fact and Fiction, 1150-1220

Author: Green, Dennis Howard

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2002

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521813990

Volumes: 1; Pages: 308

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Up to the twelfth century, writing in the western vernaculars dealt almost exclusively with religious, historical and factual themes, all of which were understood to convey the truth. The second half of the twelfth century saw the emergence of a new genre--the romance--which was consciously conceived as fictional and therefore allowed to break free from traditional presuppositions. Green examines this period of crucial importance for the romance genre and for the genesis of medieval fiction.ContentsPrefaceList of abbreviations1. Defining twelfth-century fictionality2. Vernacular fiction in the twelfth century: predecessors, finding a place for fiction3. Fictive orality: Excursus: Orality and performance in early French romance4. Fiction and Wolfram's Parzival: intertextuality, sources, history5. Fiction and structure: Ordo narrationis, typology, folktale pattern, double cycle6. Fiction and history: types of narrative, Matire de Rome, Matire de Bretagne, genesis of medieval fictionalityNotesBibliographyIndex of names
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