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Title: Cliges Paperback

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820321427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820321424
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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In this verse translation of "Cliges," written by Chretien de Troyes circa 1176, Ruth Harwood Cline not only preserves the artistry of the original work but also captures the wit, irony, and striking emotional power of Chretien's stylistic genius and highly structured form.The romance begins with the marriage of Cliges's parents and continues with the clandestine, mutual love of their son and his uncle's bride, Fenice. Cliges and Fenice are finally united after executing a false-death plot aided by black magic.With a thoroughness and clarity that will appeal to students and scholars of medieval literature, Cline's accessible translation effectively conveys the sparkle, pace, and intricate wordplay of Chretien's love monologues, classic themes, and complex poetic devices. In addition, her introduction sheds new light on the transmission of British history and legend to the French court of Champagne. With themes that echo from the Tristan legend to "Romeo and Juliet," "Cliges" is an exciting romance about young lovers who escape from an arranged match and find true love in marriage."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
splendid translation; she makes the reader love Chretien July 27 2014
By Roger W. Smith - Published on
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Ruth Harwood Cline's translations are absolute magic. She makes the reader love Chretien de Troyes. How she gets his rhymed lines (in the original old French) into rhymed English verse that absolutely works and reads so well is a miracle to me. This long epic poem is one of the Arthurian legends that Cline has translated (all of them) and the quality is uniformly outstanding. Can't be beat.

As noted, Ruth Harwood Cline has translated all of Chretien Troyes Arthurian romances -- there are five, all available in paperback -- and they are all equally good. I read them all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
perfect March 30 2013
By Xiaoyu Zang - Published on
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love this version. the tranlsator translated it into rhyming verse. i also like the story which shows chretien's attitude towards love, unlike that of tristan and yseut