Court and Cloister: Studies in the Short Narrative in Honor of Glyn S. Burgess

Court and Cloister: Studies in the Short Narrative in Honor of Glyn S. Burgess

Edited by Jean Blacker and Jane H. M. Taylor
2018 | 294 pp. | 4 ills. | 978-0-86698-573-4 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 517 | $70 |

The 15 original essays in this volume represent only a few of the paths that Glyn Burgess’s research career has taken: lays, by Marie de France and unknown authors; manuscript collections of lays and fabliaux; episodic narratives, from ancestral/​outlaw romance and Norman vernacular historiography; transformations of the Brendan legend; and authorial voice in religious texts, including Wace’s. The diversity of content and approaches has created a volume which will serve both as a fitting tribute to Burgess’s continuing influence and expertise, as well as a contribution to the growing theoretical and applied work in the area of the short narrative, which the authors extend to a very broad range of works, from fabliau to hagiography, from history to myth. This breadth of interest, within a close and analytical focus on short narrative, make this an important, indeed unique, collection.


Brevity as Emphasis in the Narrative Lay: The Long and the Short of It
—Douglas Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Looking in the Mirror and Twinning Tales in Milun and Doon
—Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Boston College

Marie de France, Translator of Lais
—Rupert T. Pickens, University of Kentucky

Heritage in the Lais of Marie de France
—Logan E. Whalen, University of Oklahoma

Marie de France’s Chaitivel: A Lesson in rapidità
—Eliza Hoyer-Millar, Oxford University

Marie de France’s Lais in BnF MS. nouv. acq. fr. 1104 (MS. S)
—Leslie C. Brook, University of Birmingham

Où ranger les récits brefs? Petite enquête sur le contexte manuscrit des fabliaux et des lais
—Richard Trachsler, University of Zurich

Textual Clusters in Manuscript Transmission and Reception: The Lai de l’ombre and its Co-Texts
—Karen Pratt, King’s College London

The Teller and the Tale: Meta- and Micro-narratives in the Chanson de Toile
—Karen J. Taylor, Morehead State University

La Voie de Povreté et de Richesse, A Fourteenth-Century Moral Allegory
—Glynnis M. Cropp, Massey University

The Fire Rekindled: Brendan in the Baltics
—Clara Strijbosch, Utrecht University

The Journey of St. Brendan: The Navigatio through Six Centuries of Augmentation and Reduction
—Margaret Burrell, University of Canterbury

Where the Snakes Went: What Happened to St. Patrick’s Serpents?
—Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin-Madison

L’histoire d’Hasting: un récit bref dans le long temps des chroniques normandes
—Laurence Mathey-Maille, University of Le Havre

Authorial Voice in Wace’s Assomption and Anonymous Versions
—Jean Blacker, Kenyon College

Envoi: Multum in parvo
—Peter F. Ainsworth, University of Sheffield

With additional contributions by:
Jacqueline Eccles, University of Dundee
Jane H. M. Taylor, Durham University