erec and enide

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Published on 21 Apr 2013
School
UTSG
Department
English
Course
ENG150Y1
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of 2
ENG150 January 7th 2013
Chrétien de Troyes Eric and Enide
Quest romance, return home is part of expectation of closure
Romance mode: separation/return
Cultural Geography
- The sea was previously the main landscape for adventure (Odyssey) changes to forest of Arthurian
romance (dominant psychological landscape)
- Western European tradition is a blend of Classical and Biblical
- Merging of Germanic tribes with Roman culture
- Economic implication of closing of Mediterranean
- 12th century immergence of Vernacular literature, also beginning of nations we have today
Three Estates Clerics (those who pray) Nobles (those who fight) Peasants (those who labour)
Knightly class stems from warrior society
Courtliness: suggests that a night can blend chivalry with proper decorum among ladies in court
Gender Relations
- Chretien de Troyes depicts courtliness that became exemplary
Chretien de Troye
- Wrote for a female patron in richest area of France - Champagne
- Made new claim for Vernacular literature, (writing had previously been done in Latin)
Arthurian Romance
- Chretien merges popular theme of King Arthur with Romantic literature (Holy Grail, Lancelot and
Guinevere)
- Eric and Enide was his first work, 1 of 5 he would complete
- Exemplifies transition between oral tradition and established formal writing
Conjointure: the organization of potentially disparate materials into an orderly sequence…the
subordination of easily multiplies episodes to a principle theme or pattern
“mout bele conjointure” a beautiful conjoining
“depecier et corrumper suelent
The Custom of the White Stag
o Hunt Stag in Forest
The Adventure of Erec and Queen Guinevere
o Kill Stg and bring it to court
Custom of the White Stag / Deferred
Description of Enide displays trademark Chretien style starts from hair downwards, emphasis on
visual, over-exaggerated claims of beauty, in-text allusions
Narrator inserts himself in order to connect with audience
The Custom of the Sparrow Hawk
Gendered world in 12th century treatment of men and women is a binary, but Eric and Enide displays
harmonized working together of male and female
“He couldn’t keep himself from staring…”

Document Summary

Quest romance, return home is part of expectation of closure. The sea was previously the main landscape for adventure (odyssey) changes to forest of arthurian romance (dominant psychological landscape) Western european tradition is a blend of classical and biblical. Merging of germanic tribes with roman culture. 12th century immergence of vernacular literature, also beginning of nations we have today. Three estates clerics (those who pray) nobles (those who fight) peasants (those who labour) Courtliness: suggests that a night can blend chivalry with proper decorum among ladies in court . Chretien de troyes depicts courtliness that became exemplary. Wrote for a female patron in richest area of france - champagne. Made new claim for vernacular literature, (writing had previously been done in latin) Chretien merges popular theme of king arthur with romantic literature (holy grail, lancelot and. Eric and enide was his first work, 1 of 5 he would complete. Exemplifies transition between oral tradition and established formal writing.