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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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If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech

If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech

(p.51) CHAPTER TWO If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech
The Anonymous Marie de France

R. Howard Bloch

University of Chicago Press

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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