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The narrative grotesque

12 April 2022

Dr Caitlin Flynn's new book The Narrative Grotesque in Medieval Scottish Poetry is published by Manchester University Press.

The Narrative Grotesque examines late medieval narratology in two Older Scots poems: Gavin Douglas's The Palyce of Honour (circa 1501) and William Dunbar's The Tretis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo (circa 1507). The narrative grotesque is exemplified in these poems, which fracture narratological boundaries by fusing disparate poetic forms and creating hybrid subjectivities. Consequently, these poems interrogate conventional boundaries in poetic making. The narrative grotesque is applied as a framework to elucidate these chimeric texts and to understand newly late medieval engagement with poetics and narratology.