Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Chandler, Clive en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Sienaert, Edgard en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Van Heerden, Helga Dieta en_ZA
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dc.date.issued 2007 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Heerden, H. 2007. Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10818
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 257-264). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The primary object of this dissertation is to explore the concept and the manifestations of Metamorphosis, with special reference to the Lais of Marie de France. In Chapter 1 the all-pervasive nature of Metamorphosis is examined. Attention is focused on the fact that Metamorphosis occurs in all spheres: it may be seen in Nature, in physical development and in many less visible forms such as emotional, attitudinal and moral transformations and transgressions in which it plays a fundamental role. Chapter 2 focuses on the Twelfth Century Renaissance. This chapter serves to emphasize a further aspect of Metamorphosis, that of social change and intellectual development. It thus situates Marie de France in a historical context and clarifies the Zeitgeist to which she was exposed, which influenced her writing and which she in turn influenced. In Chapter 3 I analyze the individual Lais. Marie de France's approach to her material is that her interest lies in the exploration of the emotional, spiritual, moral and attitudinal Metamorphosis which her characters undergo. The analysis reveals the beginnings of a change in genre. A further Metamorphosis of these tales becomes evident when an addition is made to the purely anecdotal material: the authoress adds a Christian dimension and inserts a subtle moral message. In Chapter 4 the findings of the analyses of the individual lais are grouped in order to gain a more precise understanding of the kind of Metamorphosis the various topoi have undergone in the course of the tale. Chapter 5 is devoted to the elucidation of the narratological Metamorphosis the traditional tales undergo in the process. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other French en_ZA
dc.title Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France en_ZA
dc.type Doctoral Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department French Language and Literature en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Van Heerden, H. D. (2007). <i>Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,French Language and Literature. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10818 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Van Heerden, Helga Dieta. <i>"Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,French Language and Literature, 2007. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10818 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Van Heerden HD. Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,French Language and Literature, 2007 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10818 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Van Heerden, Helga Dieta AB - The primary object of this dissertation is to explore the concept and the manifestations of Metamorphosis, with special reference to the Lais of Marie de France. In Chapter 1 the all-pervasive nature of Metamorphosis is examined. Attention is focused on the fact that Metamorphosis occurs in all spheres: it may be seen in Nature, in physical development and in many less visible forms such as emotional, attitudinal and moral transformations and transgressions in which it plays a fundamental role. Chapter 2 focuses on the Twelfth Century Renaissance. This chapter serves to emphasize a further aspect of Metamorphosis, that of social change and intellectual development. It thus situates Marie de France in a historical context and clarifies the Zeitgeist to which she was exposed, which influenced her writing and which she in turn influenced. In Chapter 3 I analyze the individual Lais. Marie de France's approach to her material is that her interest lies in the exploration of the emotional, spiritual, moral and attitudinal Metamorphosis which her characters undergo. The analysis reveals the beginnings of a change in genre. A further Metamorphosis of these tales becomes evident when an addition is made to the purely anecdotal material: the authoress adds a Christian dimension and inserts a subtle moral message. In Chapter 4 the findings of the analyses of the individual lais are grouped in order to gain a more precise understanding of the kind of Metamorphosis the various topoi have undergone in the course of the tale. Chapter 5 is devoted to the elucidation of the narratological Metamorphosis the traditional tales undergo in the process. DA - 2007 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2007 T1 - Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France TI - Function and meaning of metamorphosis in the Lais of Marie de France UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10818 ER - en_ZA


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