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Eleanor Anne Porden's Coeur de Lion (1822): History, Epic and Romance

Johns-Putra, A (2012) Eleanor Anne Porden's Coeur de Lion (1822): History, Epic and Romance Women's Writing, 19 (3). 351 - 371. ISSN 0969-9082

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Abstract

This article examines the medievalist epic Coeur de Lion (1822), by Eleanor Anne Porden (1795-1825). The author reads this poem not simply for the way it draws on exhaustive research, but for the way it treats this research, invoking yet sidestepping the demands of historical accuracy. Specifically, Porden grapples with the challenges of representing Britain's chivalric past, exploring whether to adopt the feminized trappings of romance or to align herself with the objectivity of historical epic. In choosing the latter, Porden must struggle, further, with the challenge of transforming the historical Richard, moral blind spots and all, into an acceptable epic hero. Porden's struggle, heroic in itself, cannot help but work its way into the text. As such tensions come increasingly to express themselves as a conflicted relationship between poet and hero, Porden seeks resolution or, at the very least, relief in romance. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Johns-Putra A (2012). Eleanor Anne Porden's Coeur de Lion (1822): History, Epic and Romance. Women's Writing 19(3):351-371 Availbale online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rwow20/current
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 17:44
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:43
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/728061

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