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Telling Tales and Crafting Books
Essays in Honor of Thomas H. Ohlgren

Edited by Dorsey Armstrong, Shaun F. D. Hughes and Alexander L. Kaufman

Telling Tales and Crafting Books
Hardback, 404 pages £86.00
Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781580442190
Format: 234mm x 156mm
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Subjects: Literary Studies, Medieval Institute Publications, Medieval Studies
Series: Festschriften, Occasional Papers, and Lectures

The great corpus that is medieval literature contains, at its very center, the tale. These verse and prose fictional narratives, as well as stories that are grounded in some degree of historical truth, are the foundation of what readers, scholars, and enthusiasts often point to as signifiers of the medieval age. These tales - from the skillfully crafted to the more rudimentary and plain - often make familiar to modern readers what seems so distant and foreign about the Middle Ages. This volume of essays focuses on the tale and its ability to create "mirth," what modern audiences would often define as "happiness" or "joy," and the significance that the book has had on the transference of this mirth to audiences.

This volume also celebrates the scholarship of Thomas H. Ohlgren, a medievalist whose work encompasses a number of different areas, but at its center lives the power of the tale and its ability to create a lasting impression on readers, both medieval and modern.

List of Illustrations
Introduction - Alexander L. Kaufman

Chapter 1: Grendel as Novelistic Outlaw-Hero: A Girardian Reading - Eric. R. Carlson
Chapter 2: The Evolution of Monster Fights: From Beowulf versus Grendel to Jón Gudmundsson lærdi versus the Snæfjalladraugur and Beyond - Shaun F. D. Hughes
Chapter 3: Salvation Twice Told: Idolatry, Typology, and Repentance in Genesis B - J. A. Jackson
Chapter 4: Vision and Sex in the Iconography of the Old English Genesis Manuscript - Molly A. Martin
Chapter 5: Heroic/Apocalyptic Metalandscapes of Some Anglo-Scandanavian Art - E. L. Risden

Chapter 6: Feasts in the Forest - Stephen Knight
Chapter 7: Show or Tell? Priority and Interplay in the Early Robin Hood Play/Games and Poems - John Marshall
Chapter 8: "...something of the air of a celebration": Scott, Peacock, and Maid Marian - Alan T. Gaylord
Chapter 9: Two Ancient Ballads: "Robin Hood's Courtship with Jack Cade's Daughter"; and "The Freiris Tragedie": An Edition - Alexander L. Kaufman
Chapter 10: "The grasping, rasping Norman race": Victorian Nationalism and Sir George Alexander Macfarren's 1860 Opera, Robin Hood - Kevin J. Harty

Chapter 11: The Evangelist Symbols in the Judith of Flanders Gospels: Devotion, Prestige, and Cultural Production - Mary Dockray-Miller
Chapter 12: Chaucer and the Art of Not Eating a Book - Robert Boenig
Chapter 13: Lancelot the One-Time Outlaw: Fallenness and Forgiveness in the Morte Darthur - Jack Ray Baker
Thomas H. Ohlgren's Published Writings

Dorsey Armstrong is Associate Professor of English, Purdue University.

Shaun F. D. Hughes is Professor of English, Purdue University.

Alexander L. Kaufman is Professor of English, Auburn University at Montgomery.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 404 pages
 234mm x 156mm

BIC Code:
 Medieval Institute Publications


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