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Erec and Enide 1

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Department
English
Course
ENG150Y1
Professor
William Robins
Semester
Winter

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ENG150 SECOND TERM EREC AND ENIDE – LEC 1 We’ve switched from studying the ancient world to a cultural tradition known as the “West” or “European”, which has become an important cultural and political tradition. • Set in an age after the fall of Roman Empire. • *Francs  French  Germanic tribe • Chretien belonged to European zone of “different”, non-Orthodox Christian beliefs • 3 estates: clerics, nobles, peasants; of which Chretien de Troyes was most interested • gives very important depiction of courtliness – how knights transfer chivalry to etiquette around ladies • Troyes = one of the richest cities • Chretien supported by patrons – rich individuals of Troyes who have established themselves financially so as to have been able to seek courtliness  provided opportunity for vernacular literature regarding courtliness • Chretien invented genre of Arthurian romances – e.g. “The Holy Grail” and “Lancelot and Guinevere” – the first of which was Erec and Enide (1 of 5) Troubadours vs Minstrels: - people who wrote poetry Conjointure: the organization of potentially disparate materials into an orderly seque
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