Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Come Hell Or High Water: Aqueous Moments In Medieval Epic, Romance, Allegory, And Fabliau

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

A reading of Western medieval literary texts, suggests that water as motif, theme, symbol, or element of local color appears occasionally but not often with real force, as a structuring element. Four well-known medieval works, the eleventh-century Old English epic Beowulf, the twelfth century French romance Yvain, the fourteenth-century Middle English allegory Pearl, and Chaucers Millers Tale, a fabliau written in the late 1300s come to mind not only because they contain aqueous imagery, references, and motifs but because water appears to be central to the literary and thematic design of these works vis à vis their respective genres. This chapter sheds light on the role that water plays at, and in, this intersection of genre, place, and culture. The fourteenth century allegory Pearl presents study of human strength and limitations as explored through the motif of water. The Millers Tale employs water imagery as a means of demarcation.

Keywords: Beowulf; fabliau; Millers Tale; Pearl; water imagery; Yvain

10.1163/ej.9789004173576.i-538.88
/content/books/10.1163/ej.9789004173576.i-538.88
dcterms_subject,pub_keyword
6
3
Loading

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    The Nature and Function of Water, Baths, Bathing and Hygiene from Antiquity through the Renaissance — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation