Melusine of Lusignan

Founding Fiction in Late Medieval France

Title Details

Pages: 312

Trim size: 5.500in x 9.000in

Formats

Paperback

Pub Date: 08/01/2019

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5710-2

List Price: $32.95

Hardcover

Pub Date: 12/01/1996

ISBN: 9-780-8203-1823-3

List Price: $46.95

Melusine of Lusignan

Founding Fiction in Late Medieval France

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  • Description

This volume of original essays is the first collection devoted to the monumental Roman de Melusine (1393) by Jean d'Arras. A masterwork of late fourteenth-century French prose fiction, Melusine tells of the powerful medieval dynasty of Lusignan from its founding as a city by the legendary Melusine, an enigmatic fairy-figure subject to periodic monstrous transformations, through its expansion in Europe and the Near East, to its ultimate evanescence.

Melusine offers a singular blend of history and fiction as it upholds the proprietary claims to Lusignan of the work's illustrious patron, Jean, Duc de Berry. The great deeds of Melusine, her forebears, and her progeny unfold in a narrative that blends elements of myth, folklore, and popular traditions with epic, Crusade narrative, romance, and theological doctrine.

Advancing a wealth of new material and fresh insight, the essays in this volume address the complex interplay of the conventions of medieval fictional, historical, and genealogical writing from a wide variety of critical perspectives. Together, they offer a new, more balanced and comprehensive understanding of one of the most significant literary works of late medieval European culture.

About the Author/Editor

Donald Maddox (Editor)
DONALD MADDOX is a professor of French and Italian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has written and edited a number of books on medieval literature including, in collaboration with Sarah Sturm-Maddox, Froissart across the Genres, Literary Aspects of Courtly Culture, and a translation, the first in modern English, of the Roman de Melusine.

Sara Sturm-Maddox (Editor)
SARA STURM-MADDOX is a professor of French and Italian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has collaborated with Donald Maddox on such medieval studies titles as Froissart across the Genres, Literary Aspects of Courtly Culture, and a translation, the first in modern English, of the Roman de Melusine.