The National Origin of the Romance Le Roman de Fergus: A Thirteenth-Century Parody

By Ginna Wilkerson.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The thirteenth-century Arthurian romance Le Roman de Fergus continues to be the subject of scholarly debate regarding the national origin of authorship. Through careful review of previous research, knowledge of the development of the Arthurian romance genre and personal examination of the original manuscript in Chantilly, France, my study demonstrates definitively that this tale written in Old French is of Continental and not Scottish origin. By emphasizing the fact that Fergus is a humorous parody of the works of Chrétien de Troyes, the misguided theory of Scottish authorship should finally be put to rest.

Keywords: Continental Romance, Arthurian Legend, Scottish Origin

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.375-390. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 659.568KB).

Ginna Wilkerson

Doctoral Candidate/Instructor, English Department, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA

Ginna Wilkerson will be leaving the University of South Florida in fall 2010 to pursue a postgraduate research degree in Creative Writing at University of Aberdeen. Her poems have been published in several poetry journals. Her research interests include Scottish culture and history, contemporary poetry, and gothic literature. Ginna wishes to thank her spouse Marilyn for her patience and support during the research for this project.

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