Medieval Romance and Material Culture (Studies in Medieval Romance, Book 18)
Medieval romance narratives glitter with the material objectsthat were valued and exchanged in late-medieval society: lovers'rings and warriors' swords, holy relics and desirable or corruptedbodies. Romance, however, is also a genre in which such objectsmake meaning on numerous levels, and not always in predictableways. These new essays examine from diverse perspectives howromances respond to material culture, but also show how romance asa genre helps to constitute and transmit that culture. Focusing onromances circulating in Britain and Ireland between the twelfth andsixteenth centuries, individual chapters address such questions asthe relationship between objects and protagonists in romancenarrative; the materiality of male and female bodies; theinteraction between visual and verbal representations of romance;poetic form and manuscript textuality; and how a nineteenth-centuryedition of medieval romances provoked artists to homage andsatire.