Literary Medieval Criticism

Inventiones: Fiction and Referentiality in Twelfth-Century by Monika Otter

By Monika Otter

Combining literary thought and historiography, Monika Otter explores the connection among historical past and fiction within the Latin literature of twelfth-century England. The beginnings of fiction have usually been linked to vernacular romance, yet Otter demonstrates that writers of Latin historic narratives additionally hired the self-referential innovations attribute of fiction. starting with inventiones, a style facing the invention of saints' relics, Otter unearths how exploring the elemental difficulties of writing heritage and the character of fact itself leads monastic or clerical Latin writers to a budding information of fictionality. in response to Otter, money owed of conquests, treasure hunts, descents into underground worlds, and efforts (usually unsuccessful) to retrieve subterranean items function self-referential metaphors for the issues of gaining access to and retrieving the earlier; they're therefore designed to shake the reader's religion in historic illustration and spotlight the textuality of the ancient account. Otter strains this self-conscious use of fictional parts inside ancient narrative in the course of the works of William of Malmesbury, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerald of Wales, Walter Map, and William of Newburgh.

Originally released in 1996.

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