Middle English Romance and the craft of memory / Jamie McKinstry
- McKinstry, Jamie
- Woodbridge : Boydell & Brewer Ltd., 2015.
- Physical Description:
- 248 pages
- Studies in Medieval Romance ; 19
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction: Memories of Romance -- 2.Medieval Memories: Sight, Thought, and Journey -- 3.Topography, Redaction, and Inheritance: The Initial Steps of Memory -- 4.Past Rituals and Present "Forests": The Craft of Memory -- 5.Trusting Memory in Romance -- 6.Failed Memories: Forgetting, Lying, Obstructing -- 7.The Memory of Change: "he that had hadde" -- 8.Unforgettable or (Un)fortunate Romance.
- In Middle English romances many memories are created, stored, forgotten, and rediscovered by both the characters and audience; such memory work is not, however, either simple or obvious. This study examines the ways in which recollection is achieved and sustained through physical, cognitive, and interpretative challenges. It uses examples such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Sir Orfeo, and Emare, alongside romances by Chaucer and Malory, to investigate the genre's reliance on individual and collective memorial processes. The author argues that a tale's objects, places, dreams, discoveries, disguises, prophecies, and dramatic ironies influence that romance's essential memory work, which relies as much on creativity as it does accuracy. He also explores the imaginative crafts of memory that are employed by romances themselves. Dr Jamie McKinstry teaches in the Department of English Studies at Durham University, where he is a member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
- 9781843844174 and 1843844176
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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