Loathly ladies' evil tongues

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dc.contributor.author Aercke, Kristiaan P.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-04T09:49:22Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-04T09:49:22Z
dc.date.copyright 1987 en_US
dc.date.issued 2016-11-04
dc.identifier.issn 0028-3754 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4739
dc.description.abstract The discourse of courtly romance requires many a beautiful lady. Early 13th century Holy Grail-romances, however, also introduce damsels whose effictio bluntly contradicts the set commendable qualities of ideal beauty. The loathliness of the Grail messengers is part of the mirabilia Indiae-topos, offers splendid opportunities for the romancers' taste for allegory and the merveilleux, and her double personality links her with the Celtic fairy world or the oriental ladies-theme in old French romance. Whereas loathly appearance in classical and medieval literature in general is a mode of vituperatio and a moral theme, the Grail-romances of Chrétien, Wolfram, and Robert de Boron, and the anonymous Peredur and Perlesvaus, invite a reading of the loathly damsel-motif on a spiritual level in accordance with the semi-religious Grail context. Her disgusting appearance does seem to clash with her psychological and narrative relevancy in the quest-theme. However, it raises the important question what beauty is and how it should be defined on a rhetorical level, on the strategic-narrative level and as a biblical-spiritual concept. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Loathly ladies' evil tongues en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.title.subtitle "Lesyeux et les oreilles sont les avenues de l'âme" en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199529020 en_US
dc.author.department English en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Neuphilologische Mitteilungen en_US
dc.journal.volume 88 en_US
dc.journal.issue 1 en_US
dc.article.pages 48-54 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Aercke, K. P. (1987). LOATHLY LADIES'EVIL TONGUES:" Lesyeux et les oreilles sont les avenues de l'âme". Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, 48-54. en_US
dc.author.email kaercke@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.jstor.org/stable/43343796 en_US

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