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Court and Cloister: Studies in the Short Narrative

In Honor of Glyn S. Burgess

The 15 original essays in this volume represent only a few of the paths that Glyn Burgess’s research career has taken: lays, by Marie de France and unknown authors; manuscript collections of lays and fabliaux; episodic narratives, from ancestral/​outlaw romance and Norman vernacular historiography; transformations of the Brendan legend; and authorial voice in religious texts, including Wace’s. The diversity of content and approaches has created a volume which will serve both as a fitting tribute to Burgess’s continuing influence and expertise, as well as a contribution to the growing theoretical and applied work in the area of the short narrative, which the authors extend to a very broad range of works, from fabliau to hagiography, from history to myth. This breadth of interest, within a close and analytical focus on short narrative, make this an important, indeed unique, collection.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Tabula Gratulatoria
Biographical Essay
Appreciation
Glyn S. Burgess ­— Publications
Introduction 

1. Brevity as Emphasis in the Narrative Lay: The Long and the Short of It
Douglas Kelly

2. Looking in the Mirror and Twinning Tales in Milun and Doon
Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner

3. Marie de France, Translator of Lais
Rupert T. Pickens

4. Heritage in the Lais of Marie de France
Logan E. Whalen

5. Marie de France’s Chaitivel: A Lesson in rapidità
Eliza Hoyer-Millar

6. Marie de France’s Lais in BnF MS. nouv. acq. fr. 1104 (MS. S)
Leslie C. Brook

7. Où ranger les récits brefs? Petite enquête sur le contexte manuscrit des fabliaux et des lais
Richard Trachsler

8. Textual Clusters in Manuscript Transmission and Reception: The Lai de l’ombre and its Co-Texts
Karen Pratt

9. The Teller and the Tale: Meta- and Micro-narratives in the Chanson de Toile
Karen J. Taylor

10. La Voie de Povreté et de Richesse, A Fourteenth-Century Moral Allegory
Glynnis M. Cropp

11. The Fire Rekindled: Brendan in the Baltics
Clara Strijbosch

12. The Journey of St. Brendan: The Navigatio through Six Centuries of Augmentation and Reduction
Margaret Burrell

13. Where the Snakes Went: What Happened to St. Patrick’s Serpents?
Keith Busby

14. L’histoire d’Hasting: un récit bref dans le long temps des chroniques normandes
Laurence Mathey-Maille

15. Authorial Voice in Wace’s Assomption and Anonymous Versions
Jean Blacker

16. Envoi: Multum in parvo
Peter F. Ainsworth

Contributors
Index of Names
Index of Manuscripts
Subject Index
 

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