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Prophecy and the Quest for the Holy Grail: Critiquing Knowledge in the Vulgate Cycle (Studies in the Humanities)

Kathryn Karczewska

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ISBN 10: 0820438529 / ISBN 13: 9780820438528
Published by Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 1998
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Title: Prophecy and the Quest for the Holy Grail: ...

Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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The Holy Grail is one of the most enduring of medieval symbols, exercising a profound fascination on the imagination even to this day. This study reconsiders the Vulgate Cycle, and the functional interrelation of prophecy and epistemological critique in thirteenth-century Grail literature: no mere prediction, prophecy marks a critical strategy by which the nature and limits of knowledge are put into systematic question. By examining the critical function of such language, the study demonstrates the political significance of the Vulgate Cycle for the thirteenth-century Church: in tracing the various means by which authority is disclosed in this literature, it elaborates the genealogical structure of prophetic knowledge, and the overly subversive logic by which such insight is made specific to the clergy. By reformulating the nature of prophecy in the cycle, and suggesting the political stakes of such language, it lays the groundwork for future analysis of medieval Grail literature and its cultural legacies.

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The Author: Kathryn Karczewska teaches French Literature at Harvard University, where she received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures. She has published articles on medieval literature and philosophy, and is currently working on <i>Double Dealing and the Judgment of Truth: Telling Lies and Telling Stories in the French Middle Ages,</i> which considers the complex relations linking truth, fiction, and deception in medieval French literature.

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