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The Voice in the Tomb of the Lais

The Voice in the Tomb of the Lais

Chapter:
(p.83) CHAPTER THREE The Voice in the Tomb of the Lais
Source:
The Anonymous Marie de France
Author(s):
R. Howard Bloch
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0004

This chapter analyzes the tone or voice in Marie de France's Lais. It argues that the fatality attached to language in the Lais seems to function in a number of tales according to the so-called law of fated exposure. This chapter explains how revelation language works as an agent of despoiling disclosure in the Lais and suggests that the overt speech act can be seen to be less the primary source of the morbidity connected to language in the Lais than its culmination.

Keywords:   Lais, Marie de France, language, fated exposure, overt speech act

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