The gifts of the Roland: the old French Gui de Bourgogne

Simpson, J. (1996) The gifts of the Roland: the old French Gui de Bourgogne. In: Pratt, K. (ed.) Roland and Charlemagne in Europe: Essays on the Reception and Transformation of a Legend. Series: King's College London medieval studies (12). King's College London Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies: London, pp. 31-65. ISBN 9780952211945

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Abstract

This piece explores the dialectical relation between the Old French epic, Gui de Bourgogne, and one of its key models, the Roland tradition. The tension between the two works is thematicised in the rivalry between the two generations of heroes: that of Roland and Olivier on the one hand and then a younger cohort of French warriors, led by Gui, who have grown up in the absence of their fathers. The essay examines how personal, social and economic interactions in the poem reflect an ambivalence partly reflective of a crippling sense of literary and historical debt to the giants of the epic tradition.

Item Type:Book Sections (Other)
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simpson, Dr James
Authors: Simpson, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > French
Publisher:King's College London Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies
ISBN:9780952211945
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1996 King's College London Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher.
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