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Of Remembraunce the Keye: Medieval Literature and its Impact through the Ages

Festschrift for Karl Heinz Göller on the Occasion of his 80 th Birthday


Uwe Böker

The papers in this book examine the thematic, structural and aesthetic relationship between medieval English literature and a wide variety of more recent modern texts. Some of the contributors re-examine the concepts of authority and representation in Chrétien and Malory and of medieval romance and the modern novel, while Caxton’s Morte Darthur is interpreted from the point of view of Norbert Elias; other focuses of interest are the love-death motif in nineteenth-century novels, the comic in contemporary British fiction, the literary representations of Arthurian characters (Galahad, Tristan, Gawain), and recent Beowulf translations. In addition, there are socio-historic and generic readings of Chaucer’s Sir Thopas and of Troilus and Criseyde, of Ipomadon and Malory’s Morte Darthur. Aspects of medieval heritage are uncovered in Horace Walpole, Fürst Pückler-Muskau, Georg Kaiser, A. S. Byatt, David Lodge, Fay Weldon, Iris Murdoch, the Irish novelist Eamonn Sweeney and the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, in William Gibson’s cyberpunk novel Neuromancer and Peter Ackroyd’s recent Clerkenwell Tales. In addition, there is a translation of Karl Heinz Göller’s former essay on Chancer’s Troilus and Criseyde.
Contents: Rolf Breuer: Karl Heinz Göller at 80 – Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr.: Karl Heinz Göller’s Essay ‘Geoffrey Chaucer: Troilus and Criseyde’ Translated into English – Derek Brewer: Some Notes on the Nature of Medieval Romance and the Modern Novel – Robert Weimann: Authority and Representation in Medieval Romance: Chrétien and Malory – Florian Schleburg: Role-Conformity and Role-Playing in Troilus, Pandarus and Criseyde – Manfred Markus: The Holy War in the Popular ‘romances of prys’: Intertextuality in Chaucer’s ‘The Tale of Sir Thopas’ – Stephan Kohl: Individuality in Middle English Romances: The Case of Ipomadon – Christoph Houswitschka: From Vision to Vainglory: Malory as a Critic of Idealism in the Morte Darthur – Theo Stemmler: Caxton’s Morte Darthur: A Confirmation of Norbert Elias’ Prozess der Zivilisation? – Jürgen Klein: Architectures of the Mind: Horace Walpole’s Distortions of Medieval Romance – Rainer Schöwerling: The Letters of a Dead Man and the Life-Atlas of Fürst Pückler-Muskau as Results of his English Tour – Elisabeth Brewer: The Love-Death Motif in Some Little-Known Nineteenth-Century Novels – Michael Dallapiazza: Medival Tristan and fin de siècle Aestheticism: Georg Kaiser’s König Hahnrei – Joerg O. Fichte: ‘If you achieve perfection, you die’: The Treatment of Galahad in Modern Arthurian Literature – Dieter A. Berger: Resurgent Romance and the Comic in Contemporary British Fiction – Rüdiger Ahrens: The Revival of the Quest in David Lodge’s Novel Small World – Franz Meier: Neuromancer/New Romancer: Cyperpunkt and the Tradition of Romance – Hans-Jürger Diller: ‘But what about Gawain?’ Intertextual Reflections on Irish Murdoch’s The Green Knight – Peter Lenz: Circular Quest in the Vale of Tears: Eamonn Sweeney’s Waiting for the Healer as Swan Song to the Romanticised Image of Ireland – Władysław Witalisz: Saving the Legend: Andrzej Sapkowski’s Re-reading of Tristan in La Maladie – Hans Sauer: Heaneywulf, Liuzzawulf: Two Recent Translations of Beowulf – Uwe Böker: Literary Historians’ Gothic, the Romance of the ‘Ancient Gothic Constitution’, and Peter Ackroyd’s Gothic Imagination in The Clerkenwell Tales.