Bien m'en avés rendu le conte: Redeeming economies in Bien m'en avés rendu le conte: Redeeming economies in Yvain

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Whereas an Eliasian reading of Chrétien de Troyes's Yvain would emphasize the importance of the court's role in the "civilizing" of Yvain as he transitions from juvenis to landed knight, this paper instead identifies the court as the space in which courtly values are paradoxically defined as those founded on absence or displacement, and which the juvenis knight must therefore reject in order to ascend to a new social role. To analyze the narrative economy of this displacement, particular attention is paid to the forest (and other types of incultum) as indicative of new sites of tension between the needs and interests of juvenes and established nobility in twelfth-century feudal culture.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 29, 2006

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