Non-cyclic romances of love

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This chapter looks at a selection of romances that do not belong to one of the traditional ‘matters’, but which are instead united by a genre-signalling focus on passionate love. It investigates how this is reconciled with romance’s broader concerns with social order and the kinds of personal bonds which either reinforce or threaten it, considering love that is variously pre-pubescent, homosocial, platonic, or passionate, from the viewpoints of men and women. It also considers the interaction of some of these texts with the great ‘matters’, and what could be called their ‘prosody of emotion’, or exploitation of poetic and narrative form.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford history of poetry in English
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 2: Medieval poetry 1100-1400
EditorsHelen Cooper, Robert R. Edwards
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780191981678
ISBN (Print)9780198827429
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2023

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NameOxford history of poetry in English


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