The Resource The fall of kings and princes : structure and destruction in Arthurian tragedy, M. Victoria Guerin

The fall of kings and princes : structure and destruction in Arthurian tragedy, M. Victoria Guerin

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The fall of kings and princes : structure and destruction in Arthurian tragedy
Title
The fall of kings and princes
Title remainder
structure and destruction in Arthurian tragedy
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M. Victoria Guerin
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Language
eng
Summary
At the heart of the book is Mordred, King Arthur's incestuous son, shown by Guerin to be an integral part of the Arthurian tradition from the very beginning. Mordred is seen as the tangible proof of the king's sin, committed in all innocence in his youth but resulting in a living incarnation of evil who will kill his father on Salisbury Plain, putting an end to the Arthurian world. But in the early stages of Arthurian romance, because this story cannot be told without the death of Arthur, it cannot be told at all, for Arthur's existence is the necessary condition of the genre: the story of his death would entail authorial suicide and the impossibility of further literary creation. Guerin argues that the authors of the texts examined in this study - Chretien de Troyes's Le Chevalier de la Charrete and Le Conte du Graal and the anonymous Middle English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - deliberately use the medieval reader's extra-textual knowledge of the Mordred story to create a second level of reading: behind Lancelot, Perceval, and Gawain is the shadowy figure of Mordred (never explicitly mentioned), and the modern reader must learn to see this shadow in order fully to appreciate the authors' purpose. Taking into account this hidden framework not only sheds a surprising new light on these texts, it also gives a convincing solution to the much-discussed question of why Chretien left two of his romances, Le Chevalier de la Charrete and Le Conte du Graal, unfinished. The first chapter, which deals with Arthurian tragedy in the thirteenth century Prose Cycle, is particularly timely as it coincides with the publication of the first English translation of the cycle, to which Guerin's study serves as an excellent introduction
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1953-
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Guerin, M. Victoria
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ203.5.A77
LC item number
G83 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Figurae : reading Medieval culture
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  • French poetry
  • Arthurian romances
  • Romances, English
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Princes in literature
  • Knights and knighthood in literature
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Fathers and sons in literature
  • Incest in literature
  • Rhetoric, Medieval
  • Tragedy
  • Arthurromans
  • Genealogie
  • Vader-zoon-relaties
  • Rois et souverains
  • Littérature médiévale
  • Tragödie
  • Artusepik
  • Arthurian romances
  • Fathers and sons in literature
  • French poetry
  • Incest in literature
  • Kings and rulers in literature
  • Knights and knighthood in literature
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Princes in literature
  • Rhetoric, Medieval
  • Romances, English
  • Tragedy
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The fall of kings and princes : structure and destruction in Arthurian tragedy, M. Victoria Guerin
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-321) and index
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volume
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nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 336 pages
Isbn
9780804722902
Lccn
94008399
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29952528
  • (OCoLC)ocm29952528
Label
The fall of kings and princes : structure and destruction in Arthurian tragedy, M. Victoria Guerin
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [303]-321) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 336 pages
Isbn
9780804722902
Lccn
94008399
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29952528
  • (OCoLC)ocm29952528

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