The Word <i>Aventure</i> and the Adventure of Words

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226059686
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226059693 | DOI:
The Word Aventure and the Adventure of Words

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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

Chapter.  10605 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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