Fictions of Identity in Medieval France (Cambridge Studies by Donald Maddox

By Donald Maddox

During this research of vernacular French narrative from the 12th century during the later center a long time, Donald Maddox considers the development of id in quite a lot of fictions. He specializes in the most important encounters, common in medieval literature, within which characters are expert approximately primary facets in their personal situations and selfhood.

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The fundamental problem is signi®ed re¯exively back to her, by means of a symbolic con®guration external to herself. This specular confrontation, an instructive ``mirror of the malmarieÂe,'' as it were,28 she ®nds depicted in the incendiary drama adorning her bedchamber: La chaumbre ert peinte tut entur; Venus, la deuesse d'amur, Fu tres bien mise en la peinture; Les traiz mustrout e la nature Cument hom deit amur tenir E lealment e bien servir. Le livre Ovide, ou il enseine Comment chascuns s'amur estreine, En un fu ardant le gettout, E tuz iceus escumengout Ki jamais cel livre lirreient Ne sun enseignement fereient.

30 Although each of these two instances of the specular schema is unique in terms of subject matter, the semantic substratum is virtually the same in each case, though contrastive in terms of gender.

For that pastime pleased him immensely]. The enticement of cynegetic pleasures offers a seductive threshold, beyond which the unanticipated occurs. As in the Vie de Saint Eustace and Flaubert's tale, we move from a 26 The specular encounter in ®ctions of reciprocity full-scale chase to the hunter's isolation with one speci®c quarry. When he mortally wounds the animal, Guigemar suffers both a thigh wound from his rebounding arrow and, far more acutely, the quarry's malediction. Like the stag pursued by Eustace, it initially signals the failure of the hunt, then utters a prophecy: OõÈ!

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