Mirabile Dictu Representations of the Marvelous in Medieval and Renaissance Epic

Mirabile Dictu
  • Engels
  • 9780472106912
  • mei 1996
  • Hardcover
  • 216 pagina's
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Mirabile Dictu covers in six separate chapters the works of Virgil, Dante, Boccaccio, Ariosto, Tasso, and Spenser. Its broad aim is to provide a select cross-section of works in the Middle Ages and Renaissance in order systematically to examine and compare for the first time the marvelous in the light of epic genre, of literary and critical theory (both past and present), and of historically and culturally determined representational practices.Douglas Biow organizes this volume around the literary topos of the bleeding branch through which a metamorphosed person speaks. In each chapter the author takes this marvellous event as his starting point for a broad-ranging comparison of the several poets who employed the image; he also investigates the ways in which a period's notion of history underpins its representations of the marvelous. This method offers a controlled yet flexible framework within which to develop readings that engage a multiplicity of theories and approaches.Mirabile Dictu offers not only an insightful survey of the literary connections among this group of important poets, but also a useful point of departure for scholars and students intrigued by the reuse of epic conventions, by the peculiar role of marvellous events in dramatic poetry, and by the later history of classical literature.

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. . . highly recommended as an engaging and original account of the ways in which that ambiguous concept of the marvelous informs epic poetry of the late-medieval and early-modern eras. --Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies -- (04/01/1999) [An] engaging comparative study of literature and culture. . . . Biow's analyses are informed and thoughtful, offering insightful close readings of primary texts in connection with various theoretical and cultural lines of critical inquiry. Written in a lively, engaging, and jargon-free style, this study is both accessible and challenging, offering a refreshing lucidity in its attention to detail and method. Scholars, teachers, and students of classical, medieval, and early modern literature and culture will doubtless find much of interest in this study, a welcome addition to comparative medieval and Renaissance studies. --Sixteenth Century Journal -- (04/01/1999) Delightful and instructive readings all along the way . . . . --Choice -- (04/01/1999)

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1996-05-31
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216 pagina's
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Douglas Biow
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The University of Michigan Press

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1996-05-31
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Representations of the Marvelous in Medieval and Renaissance Epic
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