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Lovely Violence

Chrétien de Troyes’ Critical Romances

Author(s): Jørgen Bruhn

Book Description

In Lovely Violence: Chrétien de Troyes’ Critical Romances, Jørgen Bruhn rereads the well-known but still intriguing chivalric novels of the medieval French author Chrétien de Troyes (from the second half of the twelfth century, probably in northern France). Jørgen Bruhn—who is trained in modern comparative literature and literary theory—engages in a meeting with the medieval texts where the “strange” medieval contexts and texts are played up against more familiar contemporary concerns around textuality, gender and in particular the vexed question of violence.

After an introduction and an attempt to construct a useful context around the texts of Chrétien de Troyes, Bruhn discusses the five chivalric novels which are normally known under the names of the more or less heroic heroes: Erec, Cligès, Yvain, Lancelot and Perceval. The medieval characters turn out to behave in ways that are both shockingly strange and “medieval,” and at the same time resassuringly recognisable. The Middle Ages may not be so unmodern after all.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2492-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2492-5
Date of Publication: 01/11/2010
Pages / Size: 165 / A5
Price: £34.99


Jørgen Bruhn is Associate Professor in Comparative Literature at Linnaeus University, Sweden. His research has dealt with Marcel Proust, M. M. Bakhtin and the theory of the novel. Lately he has written on intermediality, for instance “Heteromediality” in Lars Elleström’s edited volume Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and “Parallel Worlds of Possible Meetings” (with A. Gjelsvik and H. Thune) in Word & Image, 1/2011. He is currently writing about the Swedish director Jan Troell.