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Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes


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This co-written, multi-stranded book challenges assumptions about Chrétien as the author of a canon of works. In a series of lively exchanges, its five authors reassess the relationship between lyric and romance, between individuality and social conds, and between psychology and medieval philosophy. The idea of "logical time" is used to open up such topics as adventure, memory, imagination, and textual variation. Recent research on Troyes and on the political agency of women leads to the reappraisal of subjectivity and gender. Throughout, the medieval texts associated with the name of Chrétien are highlighted as sites where thought emerges; the implications of this thought are historicized and further conceptualized with the help of recent theorl works, including those of Lacan.

ZRINKA STAHULJAK, VIRGINIE GREENE, SARAH KAY, SHARON KINOSHITA and PEGGY McCRACKEN are professors at the University of California, Los Angeles, Harvard, New York University, the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Michigan respectively.


A fascinating volume that might reenergize Chretien-scholarship, either because of agreements or disagreements. STUDI MEDIEVALI II

The planks of this collection remain the theoretical reconceptualization and the approach taken to reappraise the Chrétien corpus in terms of modes of medieval thinking that bring into question paradigms of universal knowledge. FRENCH STUDIES

A stimulating approach to the study of the works of Chrétien. [...] It should [...] prove invaluable for anystudy of medieval romance, either as a stimulus for new ideas or as a theoretical framework in general. OENACH


First Published: 17 Mar 2011
13 Digit ISBN: 9781843842545
Pages: 212
Size: 23.4 x 15.6
Binding: Hardback
Imprint: D.S.Brewer
BIC Class: DSB

Details updated on 21 Oct 2015


  • 1  Introduction
  • 2  The 'changeful pen': Paradox, Logical Time and Poetic Spectrality in the Poems Attributed to Chrétien de Troyes
  • 3  Imagination
  • 4  Adventures in Wonderland: Between Experience and Knowledge
  • 5  Feudal Agency and Female Subjectivity
  • 6  Forgetting to Conclude
  • 7  Epilogue