Pulp fictions of medieval England

Essays in popular romance

Edited by Nicola McDonald

Pulp fictions of medieval England

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6319-0
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: July 2004
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Society & social sciences / Popular culture, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, Ireland, Literary studies: ancient & classical, Literature: history & criticism, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Literature


Pulp Fictions of Medieval England demonstrates that popular romance not only merits and rewards serious critical attention, but that we ignore it to the detriment of our understanding of the complex and conflicted world of medieval England.


Introduction - Nicola McDonald
1. Incorporation in the 'Siege of Melayne' - Suzanne Conklin Akbari
2. The twin demons of aristocratic society in 'Sir Gowther' - Alcuin Blamires
3. A, A and B: Coding same-sex union in 'Amis and Amiloun' - Sheila Delany
4. 'Sir Degrevant': What lovers want - Arlyn Diamond
5. Putting the pulp into fiction: The lump-child and its parents in 'The King of Tars' - Jane Gilbert
6. Eating people and the alimentary logic of 'Richard Coeur de Lion' - Nicola McDonald
7. 'The Siege of Jerusalem' and recuperative readings - Elisa Narin Van Court
8. Story line and story shape in 'Sir Percyvell of Gales Chrétien de Troyes's Conte du Graal' - Ad Putter
9. Temporary virginity and the everyday body: 'Le Bone Florence of Rome' and bourgeois self-making' - Felicity Riddy
10. Romancing the East: Greeks and Saracens in 'Guy of Warwick' - Rebecca Wilcox


Nicola McDonald is Lecturer in English and Medieval Studies at the University of York

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