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Title: History as celebration : Castilian and Hispano-Latin epics and histories, 1080-1210
Author: West, G. R.
Awarding Body: Queen Mary, University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 1975
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Abstract:
This thesis attempts to situate three Hispano-Latin histories within the broader context of twelfth-century Spanish literature that includes chronicle writing and vernacular epic. The Introduction traces the development of Latin historiography in Leon from the ninth century, highlighting features still evident in the twelfth-century histories. It also describes the evolution of Spain's heroic age in Castile and contrasts this with the Reconquest aspirations of Lean. The one inspired epic poetry, the other a complementary form of celebratory literature: the heroic biography. Each history celebrated the deeds of one man: Rodrigo Diaz in the Historia Roderici, Alfonso V1 in the Historia Silence and Alfonso VII in the Chronica Adefonsi Imperatcris. The final section of the Introduction outlines the approach to these eworks, which focusses on form in relation to theme, on the significance of a heightened form of expression and on point of view. In the following three chapters, these aspects are examined in each work in relation to the portrayal of the central figure. Chapter II examines also the panegyrical Carmen C. Imri doctori. s and concludes with a comparison of the attitudes of the poet of the Cantar de ? 'in Cid and the historian of the Hi. storia Roderici to their subject-matter. The second part of Chapter III distinguishes between the Historic Cilense and the Liter chro_ni cerwn of Pel&yo with which it has been comrared. Chapter IV includes a separate study of the verse section of the Chronica ;, defonsi Irnperatoris, the Poem de : ├Żlweria, but the latter is seen as an into- ral part of the history. Chapter V draws together aspects of the precedinC chapters, for it --tudies the Crn., ica P'z, erenc, c as a cross-section of twelfth-century C anirhh literature,its material being drawn from chronicles, histories and heroic legends. Finally, the historical writings of the twelfth century are related to broadly defined categories of chronicle, biography and history. Chapter VI examines common stylistic features of the Latin works and of vernacular epic. The first part is devoted to linguistic features and distinctive forms of phraseology, the second to narrative motifs typical of the celebratory work. An appendix-to the chapter explores the function of several of these features in one genre: the Romance epic. The approach adopted in this final chapter coincides with that sustained throughout the thesis, 'which is to highlight similarities between histories and epic, while observing the basic' differences between the two genres.
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Qualification Name: Doctoral Thesis - University of London. Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.476896  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Spanish literature, Poems
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