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Chrétien ContinuedA Study of the Conte du Graal and its Verse Continuations$
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Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557219.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Chrétien Continued

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (Contributor Webpage)

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The introduction gives an overview of the corpus included in this study, Chrétien's Conte du Graal and the four verse continuations: the anonymous First or Gauvain Continuation, the Second or Perceval Continuation by Wauchier de Denain, Manessier's Third Continuation, and Gerbert's Fourth Continuation. The Perceval Continuations are then situated in relation to the larger group of Grail stories that proliferate across England and the Continent from the end of the 12th to the 15th and 16th centuries. A comparison between prose and verse rewritings highlights their differences in the contrast between centripetal and centrifugal textuality, as distinct responses to the key traits of the Conte: its enigmas, contradictions, and incongruities, its ‘and/both’ logic, its desire and deferral of ending. The introduction ends with a brief discussion of the book's organization into five chapters.

Keywords:   centripetal textuality, centrifugal textuality, Chrétie, Gerbert, Grail stories, Manessier, Perceval, Continuations, prose and verse rewritings, Wauchier de Denain

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