Show simple item record Kapphahn, Krista R. L. 2016-07-04T15:16:07Z 2016-07-04T15:16:07Z 2015
dc.description.abstract This project is a study of gender and genre in medieval Welsh Arthurian texts, focusing on variations between the so-called 'heroic' and 'courtly' genres, both of which underwent considerable adaptation within a Welsh milieu. It establishes models for the examination of gender in medieval Welsh texts: the competing masculine ideologies of heroism and chivalry, the clergy, and the bards; the feminine models which divide primarily on biological lines and include maidens, mothers and witches as well as the enduring motif of the sovereignty goddess. I discuss what we may term a 'native' version of Arthur – that is, texts not displaying the influence of either Geoffrey of Monmouth, the verse romances of Chrétien de Troyes, or the many other English and continental Arthurian adaptations – and explore how gender is used within a heroic and nostalgic genre to reflect an idealised Welsh past. Finally I focuse on the three so-called 'Welsh romances', Welsh translatio of courtly French poems which likely originated at least partly from native tales. Here the inherent difficulty in reconciling the ideals of the native 'heroic' tradition and the continental 'chivalric' one, very much in fashion in the high middle ages, becomes most apparent. Through examining both explicit and subtextual ideologies within the texts, I show that the Welsh redactors were creating a consciously hybrid, Welsh product using facets of important literary genres. en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship AIPRS en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en_GB
dc.title Gender and Genre in Welsh Arthurian Literature en_GB
dc.type Thesis en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation en
dc.rights.embargodate 2018-05-25
dc.rights.embargoreason Seeking publication

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