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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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Authorial Relays

Authorial Relays

(p.32) 1 Authorial Relays
Chrétien Continued

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner (Contributor Webpage)

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Chapter 1 examines the collective nature of authorship linking Chrétien and the continuators by analyzing the rhetorical play of authors' names, whose placement in the text never coincides with the move from one segment to the next. If the first continuator's anonymity suggests a lack of authorization, Wauchier de Denain's name placed at the interlace suggests that he remains faithful to Chrétien's model by keeping open the problematic conjunction of love and the Grail. Manessier uses his acts of naming in the epilogue as part of a strategy to put an end to Perceval's Grail quest, while Gerbert's repeated self-naming furnishes a frame around his version of Perceval's return to Blancheflor. Chrétien's own acts of naming are tied to problems of reading and interpretation, introduced by the praise of his patron, his biblical references and model exegesis, his incongruous combinations and clever ambiguities.

Keywords:   anonymity, authorial naming, biblical references, Blancheflor, Chrétien, collective authorship, continuators, Grail quest, interlace, interpretation

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