Mathias Herweg, mostly relying on his own study Wege zur Verbindlichkeit (2010), alerts us one more time to the phenomenon of hybridization in late medieval romances
and the problematization of the concept of fictionality.
Colleagues and former students mark the retirement of Italian literature scholar Kleinhenz with 28 essays on medieval romances
between France and Italy, interpretations and reception of Dante's minor works, interpretations and reception of Dante's Commedia, the Italian Middle Ages of the 13th and 14th centuries, the Italian Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries, and Renaissance Petrarchism and petrarchiste.
While the addition of the courtly love episode has long been recognized as an essential difference between Virgil's story and the medieval romance
, a Lacanian reading enables a fresh response to Eneas in love, as the story anticipates treatments of love in subsequent medieval romances
, including the seminal work of Chretien de Troyes.
According to these tales, Himmler not only adopted the belief that these medieval romances
contained clues to the origins and destiny of the Germanic peoples, but even found the Grail and hid it in an Austrian glacier (122).
Her argument that the roles of both Roland and the giant Ferakutte--because they were not about "hot contemporary issues" (106)--could be exploited by both Lollard and anti-Lollard audiences might seem noncommittal, but it provides an intriguing suggestion of how medieval romances
might have served as a literary catalyst for debate about larger social issues.
In the absence of a definition, the author initially tries to derive it from the medieval romances
, but does not pursue the issue.
The final chapter involves a change of source material and approach, as Neal moves from the court cases to late medieval romances
, and uses psychological insights to explore the conscious and unconscious assumptions of the authors of these poems.
Monica Santini 2010: The Impetus of Amateur Scholarship: Discussing and Editing Medieval Romances
in Late-Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Britain.
In this engaging and important study, Melissa Furrow offers a rewarding and provocative foray into the world of medieval romances
However, I suggest that women might also have learned methods of patronage from the books they read, specifically medieval romances
According to Chapelain, the Lancelot can be read as a history of the "moeurs" of the thirteenth century, while Helvetius claims that medieval romances
are "la vraie histoire des moeurs d'un peuple.
The chivalric medieval romances
were a fictional response to the failure of the crusades, taking imaginative possession of the border between Christendom and Islam, and representing the Saracen, the Turk, and the Moor as figures of this encounter--often assimilating them and their difference inside the Christian cultural space.