My PhD project focuses on 12th-century romance literature. I am interested in the function and use of space in the narrative, with a special focus on the Byzantine space in French literature. Besides the space’s function inside the narrative, I also would like to understand its origins and influences. My dissertation thus is a comparative study of French and Byzantine courtly romance literature. In addition to spatiality, I am also interested in the vernacular courtly romance as a genre and its practices.
Ellen Söderblom Saarela