Alexander Oldys’s Comic Displacement of Romance in The Fair Extravagant
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TitleAlexander Oldys’s Comic Displacement of Romance in The Fair Extravagant
AEDEAN 2008, 31: 433-440 ISBN-978-84-9749-278-2
[Abstract] In Alexander Oldys’s The Fair Extravagant (1682), the male protagonist is anxious about his authority as a husband due to the heroine’s superior social rank and wealth, her strong personality, and her free agency. This paper shows how this is presented in a kind of novel of trial that intends to test the protagonist’s manly virtues through a comic displacement of chivalric romance. It draws on Bakhtin’s concept of Prüfungsroman and his idea that the novel is a markedly dialogic genre, often permeated with irony and parody. This analysis also assumes that manhood is a social and cultural construction which is materialised in a status that men must achieve under the constant scrutiny and assessment of others.