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If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech

If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech

Chapter:
(p.51) CHAPTER TWO If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech
Source:
The Anonymous Marie de France
Author(s):
R. Howard Bloch
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0003

This chapter examines the drama of language in Marie de France's Lais and Guigemar. It suggests that this drama involves a deep desire on Marie's part for control over meaning and over intention in her works. This chapter also discusses Marie's language theater which only uses language as a poetic vehicle but makes of it an object of plotted scrutiny.

Keywords:   drama of language, Marie de France, Lais, Guigemar, control over meaning, language theater, plotted scrutiny

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