La Mesure: Relationships of Love and Communication in the \"Lais\" of Marie de France

Micah Steffler
This project examines the Lais of Marie de France with specific focus on "Chevrefoil," "Laustic," "Milun," and "Eliduc." The view of the relationship between orality and textuality as a linear chronological development is called into question in the light of Marie's devotion to mesure. The association between the oral and written traditions of storytelling is shown to be based on mutual co-dependency instead of a hierarchy by which the written tradition is deemed a superior...
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