Absent narratives, manuscript textuality, and literary by Elizabeth Scala

By Elizabeth Scala

Absent Narratives, Manuscript Textuality, and Literary constitution in past due Medieval England is a e-book in regards to the defining distinction among medieval and glossy tales. In chapters dedicated to the most important writers of the overdue medieval period--Chaucer, Gower, the Gawain-poet and Malory--it provides after which analyzes a suite of special and neglected phenomena in medieval narrative, specifically the power visual appeal of lacking tales: tales implied, alluded to, or fragmented via a bigger narrative. faraway from being trivial digressions or passing curiosities, those "absent narratives" turn out important to the best way those medieval works functionality and to why they've got affected readers specifically methods. frequently unseen, overlooked, or defined away by way of critics, absent narratives provide a helpful new procedure for analyzing medieval texts and the traditionally particular textual tradition within which they have been written.

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The narrator offers an explanation (“why soo”) of his inability to sleep that denies its (that is, the explanation’s) own explanatory power. Here are the conventions of romance laid bare through rhetorical troping. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-24 18 19 omitted for the sake of brevity (“Passe we over”). 55 The apostrophe to his “phisicien . . 56 This context applies both to the rendering of the tale of Ceyx and Alcyone that the narrator is reading when he falls asleep and to the world of the Man in Black of (and into) whom he dreams.

9 from which the text “originates” and where medieval texts engage with the problems of their own structural complexities. ” They have never addressed, for example, the possibility, in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, of a tale substituting for Arthur’s perennial marvel (and hence the poem itself). In other works, such as the “Squire’s Tale” or the “Knight’s Tale,” critics explain away this kind of detail as conventional rhetorical troping. This conflict is witnessed in the overt concern of late medieval writers for their readers, the status of their manuscript texts, and the possible meanings that can be attributed to their stories.

This situation returns us to the question of the dreamer’s understanding. As with the case of the Black Knight’s courtly metaphors and discourse on death, does the dreamer understand this dream and derive some consolation from it, or does he merely experience it to our benefit? With this ending, the English vernacular moves anxiously into the public and political arena of French (and before it, Latin) authority. What the narrator avoids saying in his momentary pause for the one physician that can cure him speaks repeatedly throughout Chaucer’s poem.

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