"'Tis But A Joke": The Function of Humour in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and its Modern English Translations

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"'Tis But A Joke": The Function of Humour in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and its Modern English Translations

Title: "'Tis But A Joke": The Function of Humour in Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur and its Modern English Translations
Author: Posthumus Meijjes, Michèle
Issue Date: 2018-05-31
Keywords: Thomas Malory
Le Morte d'Arthur
Humour
Translations
Arthurian Literature
Abstract: When Sir Thomas Malory wrote Le Morte d’Arthur in the late fifteenth century, he used various sources of Arthurian sources from English and French medieval literature to create his own literary masterpiece. His work became one of the most well-known works of Arthurian literature, a high chivalric romance full of courtly love, high moral lessons and honourable knightly values. However, this work also contains unexpected passages of comedy and humour unusual for the genre of medieval chivalric romance. In this thesis, I will be analysing this unconventional aspect of Le Morte d’Arthur to discover what function the comedy serves within this literary work. I will provide a close reading of all relevant passages of the original Middle English Text. Then I will be comparing the original text to two modern translations by Dorsay Armstrong and Keith Baines, to discover how this unique element of comedy is rendered in the modern adaptations.
Supervisor: Kasten, Madeleine
Faculty: Faculty of HumanitiesResearch master thesis
Department: Literary Studies (Research master)
Specialisation: Research Master Literary Studies
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/62679
 

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