Fantasy Elements in Medieval Romance: History or Imagination? Cover Image

Элементы фэнтези в средневековой романтике: история или воображение?
Fantasy Elements in Medieval Romance: History or Imagination?

Author(s): Lynn Forest-Hill
Subject(s): Other Language Literature, Sociology of Culture, 13th to 14th Centuries, Theory of Literature
Published by: Instytut Polsko-Rosyjski
Keywords: medieval romance; Bevis of Hampton; fantasy and imagination; history and time in the medieval context;

Summary/Abstract: This essay sets out to illustrate how medieval attitudes to history – biblical and temporal – illuminate the forms fantasy takes in one medieval romance, the fourteenth-century Auchinleck version of Sir Bevis of Hampton. Reception and interpretation of this adventure story, which is apparently structured around the entertaining use of the imagination, are complicated by the degree to which medieval social and cultural contexts contribute layers of meaning, so that what might be regarded as fantasy elements, including English history, take on character- defining significance and expose socio-political comments in a work under the close control of a medieval literary imagination.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 61-77
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English