The narrative grotesque in medieval Scottish poetry

By Caitlin Flynn

The narrative grotesque in medieval Scottish poetry


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6080-5
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: April 2022
  • BIC Category: Literature, Scotland, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Medieval Literature, Scotland, Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literary studies: c 1400 to c 1600, LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry, LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture


The Narrative Grotesque examines late medieval narratology in two Older Scots poems: Gavin Douglas's The Palyce of Honour (c.1501) and William Dunbar's The Tretis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo (c.1507). The narrative grotesque is exemplified in these poems, which fracture narratological boundaries by fusing disparate poetic forms and creating hybrid subjectivities. Consequently, these poems interrogate conventional boundaries in poetic making. The narrative grotesque is applied as a framework to elucidate these chimeric texts and to understand newly late medieval engagement with poetics and narratology.


Introduction: the narrative grotesque
Part I: The Palyce of Honour, Gavin Douglas
1 'Overset with fantasyis': grotesquing the dream vision
2 Identity crisis: temporal dissonance and narrative voice
3 Heavenly harmonies: classical and Christian divinity in Palyce
Part II: The Tretis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo, William Dunbar
4 Making demandes: frame, form, and narratorial persona
5 Flyte of fancy: the first wife's Response
6 Lovesick or sick of love?: The second wife's Response
7 Bad romance: the widow as venerean preacher


Caitlin Flynn is Associate Lecturer in Medieval Literature at the University of St Andrews

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