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Romance and History
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  • Edited by Jon Whitman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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To what extent can imaginative events be situated in time and history? From the medieval to the early modern period, this question is intriguingly explored in the expansive literary genre of romance. This collective study, edited by Jon Whitman, is the first systematic investigation of that formative process during more than four hundred years. While concentrating on changing configurations of romance itself, the volume examines a number of important related reference points, from epic to chronicle to critical theory. Recalling but qualifying conventional approaches to the three 'matters' of Rome, Britain, and France, the far-reaching inquiry engages major works in a variety of idioms, including Latin, French, English, German, Italian, and Spanish. With contributions from a range of internationally distinguished scholars, this unique volume offers a carefully coordinated framework for enriching not only the reading of romance, but also the understanding of changing attitudes toward the temporal process at large.

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'This book is a comprehensive compilation of resources, dates, names, titles, and a deep literary analysis … I believe this is essential reading for those interested in the representation of history in the past, and a excellent resource for Medieval and Early Modern experts.'

Angela P. Pacheco Source: BSLS Reviews

'This is a fascinating and very informative collection of essays, which succeeds admirably in collectively breaking some new ground in the exploration of topics and texts that are otherwise covered extensively in their respective fields of study.'

Raluca Radulescu Source: Journal of Literature and History

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