“Nearly as Bright as in Provençe!”: An Episode of Dowell’s Narrative Passion

in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier
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The focus of this study is the second section of Part i of the novel, more specifically Dowell’s brief account of his visit in Provençe and a piece of local folklore and cultural memory – the story of the medieval troubadour Peire Vidal and his passionate pursuit of the rather “ferocious” lady of his dreams. Even though several critical studies were devoted to a closer exploration of the influence of Mediterranean history and sensibility upon Ford’s imagination regarding The Good Soldier and other pieces of fiction and non-fiction, the textual resonance of this particular episode has not been yet addressed and fully assessed.

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