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The New Middle Ages
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Samson and Delilah in Medieval Insular French

Translation and Adaptation

Authors: Léglu, Catherine

  • Casts new light on the iconic story of Samson and Delilah through the lens of translation and adaptation studies
  • Offers a multidisciplinary discussion, appealing to cultural historians, art historians, musicologists, biblical scholars, literary scholars and general historians
  • Presents an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to Samson and Delilah, examining how its reception is an entry point into larger discussions about the Middle Ages
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About this book

Samson and Delilah in Medieval Insular French investigates several different adaptations of the story of Samson that enabled it to move from a strictly religious sphere into vernacular and secular artworks. Catherine Léglu explores the narrative’s translation into French in medieval England, examining the multiple versions of the Samson narrative via its many adaptations into verse, prose, visual art and musical. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, this text draws together examples from several genres and media, focusing on the importance of book learning to secular works. In analysing this Biblical narrative, Léglu reveals the importance of the Samson and Delilah story as a point of entry into a fuller understanding of medieval translations and adaptations of the Bible.


About the authors

Catherine Léglu is Professor of Medieval French and Occitan Literature at the University of Reading, UK. She has held posts at the Queen’s University, Belfast, and at Bristol University. She is the author of Multilingualism and Mother Tongue in Medieval French, Occitan and Catalan Narratives (2010).


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“This book shows the great potential of a detailed case study to illuminate much wider questions and debates. Fascinating in its interdisciplinary attention to writing, art, music, and oral culture, Leglu’s book demonstrates how a single biblical story can move through medieval culture as both mythic archetype and an endlessly adaptable point of conflict and reinterpretation. The wider resonances of this tightly-focused investigation offer valuable insights which reach far beyond the texts themselves.” (Laura Ashe, Associate Professor of English, University of Oxford, UK)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Interpretations

    Pages 1-26

    Léglu, Catherine

  • Visual Culture

    Pages 27-56

    Léglu, Catherine

  • Verse and Music

    Pages 57-86

    Léglu, Catherine

  • Prose and Image

    Pages 87-120

    Léglu, Catherine

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eBook 44,02 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90638-6
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Hardcover 57,19 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-90637-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08061-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Samson and Delilah in Medieval Insular French
Book Subtitle
Translation and Adaptation
Authors
Series Title
The New Middle Ages
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-90638-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-90638-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-90637-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08061-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 126
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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