Although room has been found for the relationship of the Arthurian romance
to heroic literature, none is devoted to its interplay with the roman antique, of even greater importance for the genesis of the romance as a genre and of some of its leading themes.
This is shown with regard to narrative elements borrowed by Beroul from the chanson de geste and the Arthurian romance
, with stress on the court as a focus for different genres with which the Tristan theme could be enriched.
She stresses that what Kuhn first suggested for Hartmann's Erec was then applied also to Chretien's version (largely by German Romanists, not by the world of scholarship outside Germany), but that this type of structure then came to be seen as true of the French and German Arthurian romance
In this sense, as Duggan also asserts, the Arthurian romances
"responded to a need for examining the subtleties of motivation in human conduct, nuances that could not be explored in the other great narrative genres of the period" (225).
Scholars of Medieval literature in different European languages explore the place of Arthurian romance
in the various traditions.
Chretien, de Troyes (1987), Arthurian Romances
. Translated by D.
Moreover, as the final chapter of the book makes clear, Oxford was the site of romance's rebirth in the modern world: it is where William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, the scions of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, met and began sharing their love of Arthurian romance
; it is where the Inklings met and created the worlds of Narnia and Middle Earth; and it is where Terryjones and Michael Palin met, a friendship resulting in the most well-known Arthurian tale in the world.
Irony has often been used to describe the poetics of Chretien de Troyes's Arthurian romance
Besides, she could have also highlighted that Madden was the first to suggest the four-fitt division of this Arthurian romance
, generally observed ever since (Edwards 1997: 201).
Whetter, "Love and Death in Arthurian Romance
," surveys the theme of love and death in a number of Arthur stories and the various ways heterosexual and brotherly love contribute to good and bad deaths in them.
And were you aware that former James Bond Sean Connery once swashbuckled his way through an Arthurian romance
shot in Cardiff Castle?