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The Anonymous Marie de France$
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R. Bloch

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226059686

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.001.0001

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The Word Aventure and the Adventure of Words

The Word Aventure and the Adventure of Words

(p.25) CHAPTER ONE The Word Aventure and the Adventure of Words
The Anonymous Marie de France

R. Howard Bloch

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the meaning of the word aventure in Marie de France's Lai. It suggests that aventure is one of the richly plurivalent signifiers of the Lais and constitutes a liminal key to the whole. This word designates that which exists before and beyond the text in the fantasy of an unrecounted, unremembered, chaotic realm of unarticulated consciousness. This is the reason why many of the stories in the Lais literally framed by the word aventure.

Keywords:   aventure, Lai, Marie de France, plurivalent signifiers, unarticulated consciousness

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