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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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Telling Tales, Of Maidens in Tents

Telling Tales, Of Maidens in Tents

(p.86) 2 Telling Tales, Of Maidens in Tents
Chrétien Continued

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Chapter 2 analyzes the relationship within couples by following the interplay between sexuality, retelling, and rewriting. Perceval's comic caricature of rape, when he finds a beautiful maiden sleeping in a tent is reinvented as a more serious erotic encounter for Gauvain in the First Continuation. Although seduced by a maid eagerly awaiting his arrival at her tent, he later retells their story as rape. Gerbert gives Gauvain's adventure another turn in the Fourth Continuation, where it is replayed as a real rape, subsequently transformed into love. These variations show how the relationship between love and the Grail remains unresolved across the cycle, even as competing ideologies (Christian and chivalric) reorient the tale.

Keywords:   Chrétien, First Continuation, Fourth Continuation, Gauvain, love, Perceval, rape, retelling, sexuality, tent maiden

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