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Some Uses of Direct Speech in the Stanzaic 'Morte Arthur' and Malory

Archibald, Elizabeth

Authors

Elizabeth Archibald



Abstract

Malory drew heavily on the Stanzaic Morte Arthur for the content of his final books, but he might also have been influenced by the Stanzaic-poet's distinctive use of direct speech to convey emotion. Unintroduced direct speech and uninterrupted dialogue are recurring features of the poem that can lead to ambiguity. Especially when treating the affair of Launcelot and Gaynour, this English poet often uses a few lines of direct speech to emphasize particular scenes and emotions.

Citation

Archibald, E. (2018). Some Uses of Direct Speech in the Stanzaic 'Morte Arthur' and Malory. Arthuriana (Dallas, Tex. : Online), 28(3), 66-85. https://doi.org/10.1353/art.2018.0026

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 9, 2018
Publication Date Oct 9, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 30, 2018
Journal Arthuriana.
Print ISSN 1078-6279
Electronic ISSN 1934-1539
Publisher Scriptorium Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 3
Pages 66-85
DOI https://doi.org/10.1353/art.2018.0026