Telling Tales and Crafting Books: Essays in Honor of Thomas H. Ohlgren (Festschriften, Occasional Papers, and Lectures)

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The tale lies at the very heart of medieval literature. Scholars and enthusiasts alike are drawn to these resonant verse and prose fictional narratives which typify the medieval age. These tales--from the skillfully created to the more rudimentary and plain--often make familiar to modern readers what seems distant and foreign about the Middle Ages. This volume of essays focuses on the tale and its ability to create "mirth," what modern audiences would often define as "happiness" or "joy." The volume honors the scholarship and teaching of Thomas H. Ohlgren, Professor Emeritus of Purdue University. The subjects, from the Germanic North to Sherwood Forest to the Arthurian Round table, have remained popular through modern times and are still intensely familiar in contemporary culture across the world. Why such a global fascination for tales from such seemingly distant worlds?

Five chapters in Part 1 focus on tales in Old English and from the North; a further five in Part 2 focus on Robin Hood tales; while Part 3 looks at three other late medieval stories.

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Epigraph, "The Pilgrim Chaucer," Alan Nordstrom. Introduction, Alexander L. Kaufman. PART I: OLD ENGLISH AND THE NORTH: Chapter 1: Grendel as Novelistic Outlaw-Hero: A Girardian Reading, Eric. R. Carlson; Chapter 2: The Evolution of Monster Fights: From Beowulf versus Grendel to Jón Guðmundsson lærði versus the Snæfjalladraugur and beyond, Shaun F. D. Hughes; Chapter 3: Salvation Twice Told: Idolatry, Typology, and Repentance in Genesis B, J. A. Jackson; Chapter 4: Vision and Sex in the Iconography of the Old English Genesis Manuscript, Molly Martin; Chapter 5: Heroic/Apocalyptic Metalandscapes in Some Anglo-Scandanavian Art; E. L. Risden. PART II: ROBIN HOOD: Chapter 6: Feasts in the Forest, Stephen Knight; Chapter 7: Show or Tell? Priority and Interplay in the Early Robin Hood Play/Games and Poems, John Marshall; Chapter 8: "...something of the air of a celebration.": Scott, Peacock, and Maid Marian, Alan T. Gaylord; Chapter 9: Two Ancient Ballads: "Robin Hood's Courtship with Jack Cade's Daughter"; and "The Freiris Tragedie.": An Edition, Alexander L. Kaufman; Chapter 10: "The grasping, rasping Norman race": Victorian Nationalism and Sir George Alexander Macfarren's 1860 Opera, Robin Hood, Kevin J. Harty. PART III: BOOKS AND LITERATURE: Chapter 11: The Evangelist Symbols in the Judith of Flanders Gospels: Devotion, Prestige, and Cultural Production, Mary Dockray-Miller; Chapter 12: Chaucer and the Art of Not Eating a Book, Robert Boenig; Chapter 13: Lancelot the One-Time Outlaw: Fallenness and Forgiveness in the Morte Darthur, Jack Ray Baker. Thomas H. Ohlgren's Published Writings. About the Contributors. Index.

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Dorsey Armstrong is Professor of English, Purdue University. Shaun F. D. Hughes is Professor of English, Purdue University. Alexander L. Kaufman is Professor of English, Auburn University at Montgomery.

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