Making Joy / Seeing Sorrow: Emotional and Affective Resources in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur

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Abstract

In its compressed and fast-moving form, the Stanzaic Morte Arthur creates
a marked impression of emotional spontaneity, intensity, and suddenness.
Poetic strategies of repetition, verbal collocation, and thematic connection
create a volatile emotional environment in which joy and sorrow are
registered as overpowering bodily and cognitive events. The poem’s
conduct both bears out the observation that medieval Arthurian romance
is ‘constructed upon the antithesis of reason and passion’ and shows the
precariousness of that distinction in its own practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-50
Number of pages18
JournalArthuriana
Volume28
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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