Répétition et variation de la tradition dans les romans de Hue de Rotelande

Abstract : Hue de Rotelande, an Anglo-Norman part of the literary activity of the last quarter of the 12th century, is the author of the two poetical novels entitled Ipomedon and Protheselaus. These novels often questioned by the critiques, even though a thorough analysis of his literary writings does not exist, pose a serious problem as to their classification and interpretation. In fact, Hue's literary writings that cannot be classified either in the category of Romances of Antiquity or in the Arthurian Romances, seem to be written in episodes borrowed from the contemporary novels. Even though we notice certain already known characters and motives, Hue does not organize his texts in a conventional fashion such as his predecessors. According to a double relationship between dependence and innovation, Hue appropriates different materials in order to create a novelistic atmosphere which can contribute either to the repetition or variation of a literary tradition. Since Hue's texts borrow or use incessantly spaces from other novels and at the same time evolve on already existing codes, it therefore seemed obvious that we should study the method he uses to order his writings and with which piece his novels converse with. Representing the translatio studii, and exposing his writings as simple translation, Hue plays with his referential modals which he empties from all auctoritas. He thus proves that this writing tradition which requires the superposition of text one upon the other, the new onto the ancient, is from an apparent world (chapter 1). If he builds his texts following the frame or the structure of the courtly romance, he thus puts into question the different modalities of that genre. He therefore proposes or conceptualizes a new version of the courtly romance, giving to his novels a certain naughty or spicy tone (chapter 2). As a writer, Hue always uses a reflective discourse in order to outline his writing style that qualifies his texts. He focuses on his role as an author, on the self-image he transmits and on his function through his novels (chapter 3).
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Julien Vinot. Répétition et variation de la tradition dans les romans de Hue de Rotelande. Littératures. Université d'Angers; Université de Montréal, 2009. Français. ⟨tel-00583143⟩

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