Aucassin and Nicolette Summary

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Essays & Analysis (17)

1,898 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following essay, originally written as a letter to Lady Violet Lebas, Lang reviews the form and plot of Aucassin et Nicolette, describing the work as a “sympathetically told love story.&... Read more
6,056 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Martin argues that the parody of Aucassin as a courtly lover in Aucassin et Nicolette is the element that unifies the various episodes in the tale. While almost all medieval li... Read more
4,460 words, approx. 15 pages
In the essay below, Williamson assesses the comic effect of the author's use of reversal in the naming of the lovers in Aucassin et Nicolette. Williamson also demonstrates that the “misn... Read more
14,339 words, approx. 48 pages
In the following essay, Dorfman traces the way in which Aucassin is presented, with his temptations outlined in the Ten Commandments, and argues that Aucassin's adventures in the fantastic land... Read more
6,935 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following essay, Clark and Wasserman contend that Aucassin et Nicolette is better described as an instructional allegory than a parody, in that it uses inversion to highlight the absurdity of h... Read more
6,672 words, approx. 23 pages
In the essay that follows, Hunt studies the form of Aucassin et Nicolette and maintains that its author drew on literary precedents in which prose and verse are combined. The originality of Aucassin e... Read more
9,449 words, approx. 32 pages
In the following essay, Dorfman asserts that the contradictions, inversions, and absurdities in Aucassin et Nicolette, including examples of profanity, all serve to disguise an even greater inversion:... Read more
9,948 words, approx. 34 pages
In the following essay, Cobby argues that analyzing the manner in which the author manipulates his readers' expectations reveals the essentially parodic nature of Aucassin et Nicolette. Much ha... Read more
1,906 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following essay, Pensom maintains that the poem emphasizes the concept of “recognition” as a unifying theme in the adventures of the perpetually-separated Aucassin and Nicolette. ... Read more
5,353 words, approx. 18 pages
In the excerpt below, Adams offers a brief overview of Aucassin et Nicolette, discussing the form and plot of the work. In particular, Adams notes that the chantefable emphasizes the virtues of courte... Read more
4,536 words, approx. 16 pages
In the essay below, Reinhard asserts that the form of Aucassin et Nicolette did not originate with the work, but is indebted to the traditions readily available to the author—that is, to the li... Read more
3,284 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Harden contends that the use of inversion, particularly in terms of character, in Aucassin et Nicolette undermines the traditional plots and characters of the idyllic novel. It... Read more
4,265 words, approx. 15 pages
In the essay below, Sargent examines two passages in Aucassin et Nicolette in which the author deliberately rejects medieval literary conventions. These examples, maintains Sargent, emphasize the auth... Read more
3,978 words, approx. 14 pages
In the essay that follows, Clevenger avers that the episode of Aucassin et Nicolette which takes place in the land of Torelore reveals the parodic nature of the work and emphasizes the writer's... Read more
6,115 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Vance studies the form and language of Aucassin et Nicolette and suggests that the poem is an examination of the function of literary language. Throughout the Latin middle ages... Read more
2,174 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following essay, Goetinck investigates the possibility of Celtic influence on the composition of Aucassin et Nicolette. The sources of inspiration of the author of the thirteenth-century chante... Read more
4,518 words, approx. 16 pages
In the following essay, DuBruck maintains that the author of Aucassin et Nicolette sought to appeal to the common people of the middle to lower classes of society in the late twelfth or early thirteen... Read more