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Shaping Identity in Medieval French Literature: The Other Within

Adrian P. Tudor and Kristin L. Burr


Contributors to Shaping Identity in Medieval French Literature consider the multiplicity and instability of identity in medieval French literature, examining the ways in which literary identity can be created and re-created, adopted, refused, imposed, and self-imposed. Moreover, it is possible to take one’s place in a group while remaining foreign to it. Chrétien de Troyes’s Conte du Graal provides the perfect example of the latter. The tale opens with Perceval hunting alone in the forest, absorbed in his own pursuits, world, and thoughts. His “alone-ness” and self-absorption are evident as he ... More

Keywords: identity, Other Within, medieval French, Romance genre, Chanson de geste, Lyric poetry, Hagiography, Late Middle Ages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813056432
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056432.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adrian P. Tudor, editor
Saint Joseph's University

Kristin L. Burr, editor
University of Hull

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