Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Literary influences and adaptation in the Middle English “Kyng Alisaunder”
by Diamond, Geneva M., Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2008, 228; 3349874
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation traces the literary influences that affect the Kyng Alisaunder from their origination in the decades following Alexander the Great’s 323 BCE death to their expression in the fourteenth-century CE Middle English romance. This work examines the Middle English author’s mediation of the intertextual influences of its immediate sources and the ancestral texts from which medieval Alexander literature descends. The Kyng Alisaunder resists the drift towards fantasy embraced by the overall literary Alexander tradition by grounding its narrative in human agency and in a particularized, concrete world.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Beverly, Hardin, Richard
Commitee: Corbeill, Anthony, Eversole, Richard, Gordon, Pamela
School: University of Kansas
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Kansas
Source: DAI-A 70/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Classical studies, Medieval literature, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Adaptation, Alexander romance, Kyng Alisaunder, Literary influences, Middle English, Middle English romance, Romance
Publication Number: 3349874
ISBN: 978-1-109-06218-2
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