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Passions and Polemics: Latin and Vernacular Alexander Literature in the Later Twelfth Century

Bridges, Venetia (2014) 'Passions and Polemics: Latin and Vernacular Alexander Literature in the Later Twelfth Century.', Nottingham Medieval Studies, 58 . pp. 87-113.

Abstract

This article analyses two poems about Alexander the Great from the 1180s, the Latin epic Alexandreis and the French Roman d’Alexandre, suggesting that they are participating in an ongoing and passionate literary debate about how to perform translatio studii in northern France. Using a comparison of their tomb ecphrases as an example, the paper claims that the poems take opposing stances in this culture war. It also suggests that the conflict is not primarily between Latin and vernacular material, but transcends linguistic barriers.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1484/J.NMS.5.103263
Date accepted:08 April 2013
Date deposited:27 January 2021
Date of first online publication:2014
Date first made open access:No date available

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