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By Neil Cartlidge (Editor), Ad Putter (Contribution by), David Ashurst (Contribution by)
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This is book number 16 in the Studies in Medieval Romance series.


Medieval romances so insistently celebrate the triumphs of heroes and the discomfiture of villains that they discourage recognition of just how morally ambiguous, antisocial or even downright sinister their protagonists can be, and, correspondingly, of just how admirable or impressive their defeated opponents often are. This tension between the heroic and the antiheroic makes a major contribution to the dramatic complexity of medieval romance, but it is not an aspect of the genre that has been frequently discussed up until now. Focusing on fourteen distinct characters and character-types in medieval narrative, this book illustrates the range of different ways in which the imaginative power and appeal of romance-texts often depend on contradictions implicit in the very ideal of heroism.

Neil Cartlidge is Professor of English Studies at the University of Durham

Contributors: Neil Cartlidge, Penny Eley, David Ashurst, Meg Lamont, Laura Ashe, Judith Weiss, Gareth Griffith, Kate McClune, Nancy Mason Bradbury, Ad Putter, Robert Rouse, Siobhain Bly Calkin, James Wade, Stephanie Vierick Gibbs Kamath.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781843844952
ISBN-10: 1843844958
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Publication Date: March 16th, 2018
Pages: 258
Language: English
Series: Studies in Medieval Romance