Edited by Antoni Ferrando and Anna Maria Babbi
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 29] 2021
► pp. 127–138
Bellesa, valor, and honor
Direct speech strategies in Curial and Guelfa
This paper focuses on the instances of direct speech in the anonymous chivalric romance Curial and Guelfa. More specifically, it analyzes, on the one hand, the encomia of the young hero Curial pronounced by the characters in their speeches, and, on the other hand, the formal and structural characteristics of two types of direct speech: speech dealing with love themes, and speech addressed by a challenger to his rival in the context of duels. Furthermore, the study examines the occurrences of the term honor in direct speeches as an expression of the author’s concept of chivalry.