Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature - Body, Mind, Voice

Emotions in Medieval Arthurian Literature - Body, Mind, Voice

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Literary texts complicate our understanding of medieval emotions; they not only represent characters experiencing emotion and reaction emotionally to the behaviour of others within the text, but also evoke and play upon emotion in the audiences which heard these texts performed or read. The presentation and depiction of emotion in the single most prominent and influential story matter of the Middle Ages, the Arthurian legend, is the subject of this volume. Covering texts written in English, French, Dutch, German, Latin and Norwegian, the essays presented here explore notions of embodiment, the affective quality of the construction of mind, and the intermediary role of the voice as both an embodied and consciously articulating emotion.

FRANK BRANDSMA teaches Comparative Literature (Middle Ages) at Utrecht University; CAROLYNE LARRINGTON is Professor of Medieval European Literature at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow in Medieval English Literature at St John's College, Oxford; CORINNE SAUNDERS is Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at the University of Durham.

Contributors: Anne Baden-Daintree, Frank Brandsma, Helen Cooper, Anatole Pierre Fuksas, Jane Gilbert, Carolyne Larrington, Andrew Lynch, Raluca Radulescu, Sif Rikhardsdottir, Corinne Saunders.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 163 x 233 x 12mm | 366g
  • D.S. Brewer
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1843845008
  • 9781843845003
  • 3,133,391

Table of contents

Introduction - Frank Brandsma and Carolyne Larrington
Being-in-the-Arthurian-World: Emotion, Affect and Magic in the Prose Lancelot, Sartre and Jay - Jane Gilbert
Mind, Body and Affect in Medieval English Arthurian Romance - Corinne Saunders
'What cheer?' Emotion and Action in the Arthurian World - Andrew Lynch
Ire, Peor and their Somatic Correlates in Chretien's Chevalier de la Charrette - Anatole Pierre Fuksas
Kingship and the Intimacy of Grief in the Alliterative Morte Arthure - Anne Baden-Daintree
Tears and Lies: Emotions and the Ideals of Malory's Arthurian World - Raluca Radulescu
Mourning Gawein: Cognition and Affect in Diu Crone and some French Gauvain-Texts - Carolyne Larrington
Emotion and Voice: 'Ay' in Middle Dutch Arthurian Romances - Frank Brandsma
Translating Emotion: Vocalisation and Embodiment in Yvain and Ivens saga - Sif Rikhardsdottir
Afterword: Malory's Enigmatic Smiles - Helen Cooper
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Review quote

[Works] admirably to replace reflexive responses to romance literature and the culture that produced it with informed understanding, illuminating both the past and the present. JOURNAL OF ENGLISH AND GERMANIC PHILOLOGY

The essays . . . offer groundbreaking interpretations of medieval representations of emotion. BRITISH JOURNAL FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE

[T]his collection serves as a perfect springboard for more research on emotion in Arthurian literature, medieval and especially post-medieval. Highly recommended. CHOICE
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About Frank Brandsma

Associate Professor in Comparative Literature (Middle Ages), Dept of Modern Languages, Utrecht University Corinne Saunders is Professor of Medieval Literature at the Department of English Studies, University of Durham.
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