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The Resource The English romance in time : transforming motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the death of Shakespeare, Helen Cooper

The English romance in time : transforming motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the death of Shakespeare, Helen Cooper

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The English romance in time : transforming motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the death of Shakespeare
Title
The English romance in time
Title remainder
transforming motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the death of Shakespeare
Statement of responsibility
Helen Cooper
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Language
eng
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1947-
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Cooper, Helen
Dewey number
821.03309
Index
index present
LC call number
PR321
LC item number
.C66 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Romances, English
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • POETRY
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Romances, English
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The English Romance in Timeis a study of English romance across the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. It explores romance motifs - quests and fairy mistresses, passionate heroines and rudderless boats and missing heirs - from the first emergence of the genre in French and Anglo-Norman in the twelfth century down to the early seventeenth. This is a continuous story, since the same romances that constituted the largest and most sophisticated body of secular fiction in the Middle Ages went on to enjoy a new and vibrant popularity at all social levels in black-letter prints as the pulp fiction of the Tudor age. This embedded culture was reworked for political and Reformation propaganda and for the 'writing of England', as well as providing a generous reservoir of good stories and dramatic plots. The different ways in which the same texts were read over several centuries, or the same motifs shifted meaning as understanding and usage altered, provide a revealing and sensitive measure of historical and cultural change. The book accordingly looks at those processes of change as well as at how the motifs themselves work, to offer a historical semantics of the language of romance conventions. It also looks at how politics and romance intersect - the point where romance comes true.<br /><br />The historicizing of the study of literature is belatedly leading to a wider recognition that the early modern world is built on medieval foundations. This book explores both the foundations and the building. Similarly, generic theory, which previously tended to operate on transhistorical assumptions, is now acknowledging that genre interacts crucially with cultural context - with changing audiences and ideologies and means of dissemination. The generation into which Spenser and Shakespeare were born was the last to be brought up on a wide range of medieval romances in their original forms, and they could therefore exploit their generic codings in new texts aimed at both elite and popular audiences. Romance may since then have lost much of its cultural centrality, but the universal appeal of these same stories has continued to fuel later works from Bunyan'sPilgrim's Progressto C.S. Lewis and Tolkien
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The English romance in time : transforming motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the death of Shakespeare, Helen Cooper
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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9781435697904
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(OCoLC)302391803
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The English romance in time : transforming motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the death of Shakespeare, Helen Cooper
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
302391803
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 volume)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781435697904
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)302391803

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