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Title: Journeys through romance space : the role of horses, ships, tents and cities in Middle English and Old French romance
Author: Jackson, Claire Marie
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2006
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This thesis explores four aspects of transportation and setting in Middle English and Old French romance: horses, ships, tents and cities. Despite the fact that they have to varying extents been previously neglected by literary critics, these topics prove interesting, not only in their own right but also for the contributions they make to the structure of a romance tale. Horses and ships are the subjects of the first two chapters, and are seen to function quite differently from each other as modes of transport for romance heroes and heroines. The wide range of story motifs in which they feature (often topoi developed from earlier literary sources) is indicated. In addition, I discuss the horse in its role as far more than a simple means of transport, in the instances when it is elevated to near-human status and may even be considered a protagonist in the story. Tents and pavilions are examined in the third chapter and found to be a remarkable form of portable setting, capable of transforming space in a number of fascinating ways. A survey is made of the many different scenarios in which they commonly appear, ranging from martial contexts and tournaments to backdrops for amorous liaisons. The thesis then concludes with a study of two texts, Le Bel Inconnu and Partonope of Blois, which are unusual because each features a city (or cities) as a prominent location. I ask why urban settings are uncommon in romance and look at how the two authors accommodate such static space in their tales of romance. My first three chapters focus on various aspects of the knight errant's journeying (typically at the centre of any medieval romance), while the final chapter seeks to understand if such a hero can ever be accommodated in an immobile cityscape.
Supervisor: Putter, Ad Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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