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Ancient Romance and Medieval Literary Genres: Apollonius of Tyre

Robins, William Randolph. "Ancient Romance and Medieval Literary Genres: Apollonius of Tyre." PhD thesis, Princeton University, 1995.

Review

["The story of Apollonius of Tyre is the only ancient romance that was known to the medieval West, where it was remarkably popular. Its narrative principle of random contingency served to differentiate it from dominant narrative assumptions in western medieval literature. Without the context of the Greek romances, medieval readers understood the story's provocative randomness in terms of other generic categories, and thus the way various late antique and medieval cultures reponded differently to this same story provides clues about the operations of several distinct literary systems." Chapter 4 treats the OE version; chapter 5 contrasts Antonio Pucci's Apollonio di Tiro with Boccaccio's use of the story in the Filocolo. "Chapter 6 argues that in John Gower's Confessio Amantis the story of Apollonius stages a confrontation between two temporal logics of narrative — romance and exemplum — which governs the poem's engagement with its readers." [JGN 15.2]

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information:Dissertation Abstracts International 56 (1995): 1768A.
Subjects:Sources, Analogues, and Literary Relations
Confessio Amantis

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