Early Fiction in England: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer

Early Fiction in England From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer A brilliant new anthology that shows how fiction was reinvented in the twelfth century after an absence of hundreds of years Essential for all students of medieval literature Early Fiction in England

  • Title: Early Fiction in England: From Geoffrey of Monmouth to Chaucer
  • Author: Laura Ashe
  • ISBN: 9780141392875
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Paperback
  • A brilliant new anthology that shows how fiction was reinvented in the twelfth century after an absence of hundreds of years Essential for all students of medieval literature, Early Fiction in England includes extracts by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, Marie de France, Chaucer and many others, in new translations and with illuminating introductions Before the twelfth centurA brilliant new anthology that shows how fiction was reinvented in the twelfth century after an absence of hundreds of years Essential for all students of medieval literature, Early Fiction in England includes extracts by Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace, Marie de France, Chaucer and many others, in new translations and with illuminating introductions Before the twelfth century, fiction had completely disappeared in Europe In this important and provocative book, Laura Ashe shows how English writers brought it back, composing new tales about King Arthur, his knights and other heroes and heroines in Latin, French and English Why did fiction disappear, and why did it come to life again to establish itself the dominant form of literature ever since And what do we even mean by the term fiction Gathering extracts from the most important texts of the period by Wace, Marie de France, Chaucer and others, this volume offers an absorbing and surprising introduction to the earliest fiction in England.The anthology includes a general introduction by Laura Ashe, introductions to each extract, explanatory notes and other useful editorial materials All French and Latin texts have been newly translated, while Middle English texts include helpful glosses.Laura Ashe is a University Lecturer in English and Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford Her first book Fiction and History in England, 1066 1200 Cambridge University Press, 2007 has been followed by numerous articles and edited collections she is now writing the new Oxford English Literary History vol 1 1000 1350 Oxford University Press.

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    2. The book I've been searching for: Ashe describes how fiction came into being in what is now England and France (for the first time after the Classical Era). She starts with an historian -- Geoffrey of Monmouth -- and illustrates how epic, lyric poetry, and the recording of history were pushed aside in favor of narratives whose purpose was to depict individuals and their interior feelings. Ashe includes excerpts and entire narratives to prove each step of her theory. The translations are very goo [...]

    3. This excellent anthology of thirteen works of medieval English fiction is as entertaining as it is enlightening. The texts themselves, which are presented either in substantial extracts or in full, and either translated into modern English when their original language was Latin or French, or in glossed Middle English, show a considerable variation in content, tone, and quality, ranging from the grotesque (Walter Map's Courtier's Trifles) to the charming (Sir Orfeo), and at least two (Thomas of B [...]

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