Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor

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Alison Wiggins, Rosalind Field
D.S. Brewer, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 223 pages
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Guy of Warwick is England's other Arthur. Elevated to the status of national hero, his legend occupied a central place in the nation's cultural heritage from the Middle Ages to the modern period. 'Guy of Warwick: Icon and Ancestor' spans the Guy tradition from its beginnings in Anglo-Norman and Middle English romance right through to the plays and prints of the early modern period and Spenser's 'Faerie Queene', including the visual tradition in manuscript illustration and material culture as well as the intersection of the legend with local and national history. This volume addresses important questions regarding the continuities and remaking of romance material, and the relation between life and literature. Topics discussed are sensitive to current critical concerns and include translation, reception, magnate ambition, East-West relations, the construction of 'Englishness' and national identity, and the literary value of 'popular' romance. ALISON WIGGINS is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow. ROSALIND FIELD is Reader in Medieval Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. CONTRIBUTORS: JUDITH WEISS, MARIANNE AILES, IVANA DJORDJEVIC, ROSALIND FIELD, ALISON WIGGINS, A.S.G. EDWARDS, ROBERT ALLEN ROUSE, DAVID GRIFFITH, MARTHA W. DRIVER, SIAN ECHARD, ANDREW KING, HELEN COOPER

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