Critics seem to have two choices: either to make the theory fit the narrative by proposing an unnecessarily elaborate model featuring several `Falls' and a partial restoration (Wisbey),(8) or to decide that the excursuses develop a discourse of their own which is only partly related to the events of the narrative (e.
This leads on to the second major premiss, that concerning the relationship between the narrative sections and the excursuses within the text.
133, floats the idea that the narrative sections of Tristan relate to the excursuses much as the illustrative `Novellen' embedded in Andreas Capellanus' treatise De amore relate to the discursive parts of that work.
The metafictional discourse disarticulates individualist identities, which is particularly interestingly done through the use of a Cortazarian series of excursuses
that are equal in length to the main narrative.
The text includes five excursuses
and concludes with several indexes.
Finally, most commentaries frequently offer excursuses
on theological themes; K.
The commentary is interspersed with a number of interesting excursuses
Readers are treated to a variety of helpful and well-placed excursuses
that include studies of important Greek terms, social issues, and theological complexities such as the nature of prophecy and the practice of baptism for the dead.
Fourth, one of the great values of this commentary are surely the various excursuses
Typical of this series, at important points readers are invited into various excursuses
on topics pertaining to the background or structure of materials under discussion, which would weigh down the exposition if included directly.
In addition, he provides two excursuses
on the baptistery, liturgy, and city in Concordia Sagittaria and the wall paintings in that baptistery.