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A Companion to Romance


A Companion to Romance

From Classical to Contemporary
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 1. Aufl.

von: Corinne Saunders

157,99 €

Verlag: Wiley-Blackwell
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 15.04.2008
ISBN/EAN: 9780470999165
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 584

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Romance is a varied and fluid literary genre, notoriously difficult to define. This groundbreaking Companion surveys the many permutations of romance throughout the ages. Considers the literary and historical development of the romance genre from its classical origins to the present day Incorporates discussion of the changing readership of romance and of romance’s special relation to women readers Comprises 30 essays written by leading authorities on different periods and sub-genres Challenges the idea that the appeal of romance is exclusively escapist Draws on a wide range of specific and influential literary examples
List of Illustrations viii Acknowledgments ix Notes on Contributors x Introduction 1 1. Ancient Romance 10 Elizabeth Archibald 2. Insular Beginnings: Anglo-Norman Romance 26 Judith Weiss 3. The Popular English Metrical Romances 45 Derek Brewer 4. Arthurian Romance 65 W. R. J. Barron 5. Chaucer’s Romances 85 Corinne Saunders 6. Malory and the Early Prose Romances 104 Helen Cooper 7. Gendering Prose Romance in Renaissance England 121 Lori Humphrey Newcomb 8. Sidney and Spenser 140 Andrew King 9. Shakespeare’s Romances 160 David Fuller 10. Chapbooks and Penny Histories 177 John Simons 11. The Faerie Queene and Eighteenth-century Spenserianism 197 David Fairer 12. ‘‘Gothic’’ Romance: Its Origins and Cultural Functions 216 Jerrold E. Hogle 13. Women’s Gothic Romance: Writers, Readers, and the Pleasures of the Form 233 Lisa Vargo 14. Paradise and Cotton-mill: Rereading Eighteenth-century Romance 251 Clive Probyn 15. ‘‘Inconsistent Rhapsodies’’: Samuel Richardson and the Politics of Romance 269 Fiona Price 16. Romance and the Romantic Novel: Sir Walter Scott 287 Fiona Robertson 17. Poetry of the Romantic Period: Coleridge and Keats 305 Michael O’Neill 18. Victorian Romance: Tennyson 321 Leonée Ormond 19. Victorian Romance: Medievalism 341 Richard Cronin 20. Romance and Victorian Autobiography: Margaret Oliphant, Edmund Gosse, and John Ruskin’s ‘‘needle to the north’’ 360 Francis O’Gorman 21. Victorian Romance: Romance and Mystery 375 Andrew Sanders 22. Nineteenth-century Adventure and Fantasy: James Morier, George Meredith, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Louis Stevenson 389 Robert Fraser 23. Into the Twentieth Century: Imperial Romance from Haggard to Buchan 406 Susan Jones 24. America and Romance 424 Ulrika Maude 25. Myth, Legend, and Romance in Yeats, Pound, and Eliot 438 Edward Larrissy 26. Twentieth-century Arthurian Romance 454 Raymond H. Thompson 27. Romance in Fantasy Through the Twentieth Century 472 Richard Mathews 28. Quest Romance in Science Fiction 488 Kathryn Hume 29. Between Worlds: Iris Murdoch, A. S. Byatt, and Romance 502 Clare Morgan 30. Popular Romance and its Readers 521 Lynne Pearce Epilogue: Into the Twenty-first Century 539 Corinne Saunders Index 542
“Acknowledging the difficulty of defining "romance," Saunders and the contributors collectively produce a volume that offers a more comprehensive survey of the literature--including its historical, national, and generic varieties--than have previous standard works on the subject…Some of the essays--e.g., Helen Cooper's "Malory and the Early Prose Romances" and Richard Cronin's "Victorian Romance: Medievalism"--are exemplary in the quality of their writing, scholarship, and critical perception…Highly recommended.” Choice "... It would be worth acquiring for an academic humanities collection and, from my own experience, would be particulary useful for English literature students at undergraduate and postgraduate level." Reference Review
Corinne Saunders is a Reader in Medieval Literature at the University of Durham. Her previous publications include The Forest of Medieval Romance (1993), Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England (2001) and Chaucer (2001) in the Blackwell Guides to Criticism series.
Romance is a varied and fluid literary genre, notoriously difficult to define. This groundbreaking Companion surveys the many permutations of romance throughout the ages. Comprising 30 essays written by leading authorities in the field, it considers the historical and literary development of the genre from its classical origins to the present day. The focus is on English literature, although this is placed within the larger context of perceptions of romance. The book incorporates discussion of the changing readership of romance, particularly romance’s special relation to women readers. It challenges the idea that the appeal of romance is exclusively escapist, drawing on a wide range of specific and influential literary examples. The Companion is suitable for general readers and for those beginning their study of literature, as well as for readers seeking more specialized information on the issue of romance or on the individual types of writing, writers, and works considered. Contributors to this volume: Elizabeth Archibald, W. R. J. Barron, Derek Brewer, Helen Cooper, Richard Cronin, David Fairer, Robert Fraser, David Fuller, Jerrold E. Hogle, Kathryn Hume, Susan Jones, Andrew King, Edward Larrissy, Richard Mathews, Ulrika Maude, Clare Morgan, Lori Humphrey Newcomb, Francis O’Gorman, Michael O’Neill, Leonée Ormond, Lynne Pearce, Fiona Price, Clive Probyn, Fiona Robertson, Andrew Sanders, Corinne Saunders, John Simons, Raymond H. Thompson, Lisa Vargo, Judith Weiss
“Acknowledging the difficulty of defining "romance," Saunders and the contributors collectively produce a volume that offers a more comprehensive survey of the literature--including its historical, national, and generic varieties--than have previous standard works on the subject…Some of the essays--e.g., Helen Cooper's "Malory and the Early Prose Romances" and Richard Cronin's "Victorian Romance: Medievalism"--are exemplary in the quality of their writing, scholarship, and critical perception…Highly recommended.” Choice "... It would be worth acquiring for an academic humanities collection and, from my own experience, would be particulary useful for English literature students at undergraduate and postgraduate level." Reference Review

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