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Bulletin of the John Rylands Library

The gift of narrative in medieval England places medieval narratives – especially romances – in dialogue with theories and practices of gift and exchange. It argues that the dynamics of the gift are powerfully at work in these texts: through exchanges of objects and people; repeated patterns of love, loyalty and revenge; promises made or broken; and the complex effects that time works on such objects, exchanges and promises. The book ranges widely, from the twelfth-century Romance of Horn and English versions of the Horn story to the romances of the Auchinleck Manuscript, and from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to Geoffrey Chaucer and John Lydgate. In reading these texts alongside some of the debates about giving and receiving that radiate from Anthropology and critical theory, Nicholas Perkins asks a number of questions: What role does the circulation of things play in creating narratives? Do romance protagonists themselves act as exchanged objects, and what difference does gender make to how they navigate networks of obligation and agency? Is storytelling a form of gift-giving? Do linguistic exchanges such as promises operate like gifts? How do medieval stories place obligations on the audiences who listen to them or, perhaps, receive a manuscript copy as a precious gift?

Bringing together literary studies, Anthropology and material practice in an invigorating way, this book encourages close attention to the dynamics and pleasures of the gift in narrative.

Ethics, emotions, dreams
Author: Megan G. Leitch

Middle English literature registers intimate concerns with sleep and the spaces in which it takes place. These concerns about sleep, and the intersecting medical and moral discourses with which they engage, have been overlooked by studies more concerned with what sleep sometimes enables (dreams and dream poetry), or with what sleep sometimes stands in for or supersedes (sex). In the medieval English imagination, sleep is an embodied and culturally determined act, both performed and interpreted by characters and contemporaries; both subject to a particular habitus, and understood through particular, and pervasive, hermeneutic lenses. This book argues that sleep mediates thematic concerns and questions in ways that carry specific ethical, affective and oneiric implications in the medieval English cultural imagination, and that also offer defining contributions to different Middle English genres: romance, dream vision, drama and fabliau. Concentrating particularly on the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, this book also attends to a longue durée in the literature and ideas about sleep circulating from the twelfth century to the early seventeenth. It focuses on continuities in the construction of sleep across this span – scientific, social, spiritual and spatial continuities – and explores the cultural specificity of premodern English literature’s widespread interest in sleep. Analysing the ways in which representations of sleep in a range of genres animate ethical codes and emotive scripts, this book’s contributions include establishing the significance of sleep-related motifs to Middle English romance, and offering a more embodied understanding of dream visions by Chaucer, Langland and the Pearl-poet.

Suzanne Conklin Akbari

1 Incorporation in the Siege of Melayne Suzanne Conklin Akbari In the debate concerning precisely what constitutes a medievalromance’ the Siege of Melayne occupies a special position. As a number of readers have noted, this poem participates in the conventions both of romance (understood as a genre fundamentally concerned with the deeds of knights) and of hagiography. The focus of such cross-generic readings is usually the character of Archbishop Turpin who, as Barron puts it, has ‘as much of the saint as of the soldier in his nature’.1 The crossgeneric status

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
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‘All good letters were layde a slepe’: medieval sleep and early modern heirs
Megan G. Leitch

would-be playwright, that Bottom’s sleeping form occupies the stage. In offering his exposition of sleep, then, Shakespeare’s Bottom not only reminds us of the outdoor, daytime sleepers of medieval romance and drama; he also foregrounds connections between sleep and literary production in a way that follows Chaucer’s rearticulation, in the Book of the Duchess , of the poet’s sleep not as sloth, but rather as creative work. 9 To adduce these parallels, to compare medieval and early modern literary treatments of sleep, is to

in Sleep and its spaces in Middle English literature
Donald F. Lach and Theodore Nicholas Foss

d’art . To Europe before 1500 Asia was a world apart, a region of magie, mystery and opulence. India, though it had never been completely isolated from European contacts, was none the less perceived as a land peopled by Amazons, monsters and devils, as well as by wise and ascetic brahmins. Through the medieval romance the deeds of Alexander the Great, both real and fictional, brought to Europe

in Asia in Western fiction
Sharon Kettering

a heroic story taken from classical mythology or medieval romances. The action unfolded through verse recitations, libretti read by the audience, sung narratives accompanied by instrumental and choral music, mimed scenes, and multiple entrances in various styles of dancing. Luynes used dramatic court ballets as political propaganda to convince the nobility and Parisian elite of his valuable services to the king, especially the removal of the tyrant Concini, the allegorical theme of many of his ballets.18 The Queen Mother, Marie de Médicis, loved court ballets and

in Power and reputation at the court of Louis XIII
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Nicola McDonald

what I think is at stake in our appreciation and enjoyment of these inescapably popular narratives: romance’s status as a socially and aesthetically degenerate form of fiction and its capacity to generate textual pleasure. Not everyone will agree with it, but if it MUP_McDonald_01_Intro 2 11/18/03, 16:56 A polemical introduction 3 stimulates debate about popular romance it will have more than served its purpose. Dangerous recreations Medieval romance shares with other incendiary fictions a reputation for subverting social and moral order: indecent, unorthodox

in Pulp fictions of medieval England
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Anatomy of a metaphor
John M. Ganim

descendant of the fatal women of medieval romance, though usually filtered through romanticism’s understanding of the Middle Ages. That is, the Middle Ages, or at least images of the Middle Ages as propounded in medievalist discourses, operate as an important metaphor in film noir . My shorthand term for this dialectic is ‘medieval noir ’, though I am aware that the term has been used to describe recent

in Medieval film
Author: Laura Varnam

The church as sacred space places the reader at the heart of medieval religious life, standing inside the church with the medieval laity in order to ask what the church meant to them and why. It examines the church as a building, idea, and community, and explores the ways in which the sanctity of the church was crucial to its place at the centre of lay devotion and parish life. At a time when the parish church was facing competition for lay attention, and dissenting movements such as Lollardy were challenging the relevance of the material church, the book examines what was at stake in discussions of sanctity and its manifestations. Exploring a range of Middle English literature alongside liturgy, architecture, and material culture, the book explores the ways in which the sanctity of the church was constructed and maintained for the edification of the laity. Drawing on a wide range of contemporary theoretical approaches, the book offers a reading of the church as continually produced and negotiated by the rituals, performances, and practices of its lay communities, who were constantly being asked to attend to its material form, visual decorations, and significance. The meaning of the church was a dominant question in late-medieval religious culture and this book provides an invaluable context for students and academics working on lay religious experience and canonical Middle English texts.