The Voice in the Tomb of the <i>Lais</i>

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 Voice in the Tomb of the Lais

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This chapter analyzes the tone or voice in Marie de France's Lais. It argues that the fatality attached to language in the Lais seems to function in a number of tales according to the so-called law of fated exposure. This chapter explains how revelation language works as an agent of despoiling disclosure in the Lais and suggests that the overt speech act can be seen to be less the primary source of the morbidity connected to language in the Lais than its culmination.

Keywords: Lais; Marie de France; language; fated exposure; overt speech act

Chapter.  11463 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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