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If Words Could Kill: The <i>Lais</i> and Fatal Speech

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0003
If Words Could Kill: The Lais and Fatal Speech

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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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Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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