The twelfth-century lays of Marie de France are among the most popular of all medieval works and are a primary source of Arthurian material. For the first time, this analysis treats these poems as an architectural unit. The structure of these lays, written by the first poetess of the Anglo-French tradition, is linked through its thematic construction to the Church Fathers and the architects of the Gothic Cathedrals. Working from the British Museum's Harley Manuscript 978, this study preserves the integrity of the original manuscript as well as its authorial purpose.
The Author: Margaret Boland is Professor of English and Western Languages and Literature at Tamkang University in the Republic of China. She received her M.A. from St. Louis University in the Ford Honors Program and her Ph.D. in Romance Philology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has completed work at Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, Strassbourg University, and the Institute Catholique in Paris and has written Cleomades: A Study in Architectonic Patterns as well as numerous articles. Dr. Boland has been cited in Who's Who and received NEH and National Science awards for her work.
Margaret M Boland
Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Date of Publication
Currents in Comparative Romance Languages & Literatures