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Medieval French literature encompasses 450 years of literary output in Old and Middle French, mostly produced in Northern France and England. These texts, including courtly lyrics, prose and verse romances, dits amoureux and plays, proved hugely influential for other European literary traditions in the medieval period and beyond. This Companion offers a wide-ranging and stimulating guide to literature composed in medieval French from its beginnings in the ninth century until the Renaissance. The essays are grounded in detailed analysis of canonical texts and authors such as the Chanson de Roland, the Roman de la Rose, Villon's Testament, Chrétien de Troyes, Machaut, Christine de Pisan and the Tristan romances. Featuring a chronology and suggestions for further reading, this is the ideal companion for students and scholars in other fields wishing to discover the riches of the French medieval tradition.
Almost 900 complete works constitute this perfect first library for the period of the Middle Ages, here defined as going from the 9th to the 15th century.
The four literary fields concerned and specific to that period are : narrative prose fiction, chanson de geste, poetry and theatre (religious and profane).
Publication Date: Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2011
Contents: Introduction; PART I: WRITING IN THE MIDDLE AGES; 1 The Materiality of Writing; 2 The Question of the Author; 3 The Work and Its Audiences; 4 The Work and Its Milieux; PART II: THE FIELD OF LITERATURE; 5 The Subject Matter; 6 The Paths to Writing; 7 Modes of Composition; 8 Models of Writing; PART III: BUILDING THE SENSE; 9 The Question of Literary Heritage; Conclusion: The Incubation Period; Chronology; Notes; Bibliography
Description based on print version record.
The Internet Medieval Sourcebook is organized as three main index pages, with a number of supplementary indices. Each individual section is still large - an organizational goal here is to avoid incessant "clicking" to get between pages and to information.
This is the main entry to the resources here. It consists of an links to an organized "index of selected and excerpted texts for teaching purposes." For teachers who wish to refer students to the Sourcebook, this page is the best starting point.
Preface -- The discourse of history -- Historia and theosis -- Charlemagne redivivus: from history to historia -- Historia and the poetics of the passion -- Roncevaux and the poetics of place/person in The song of Roland.
Arthur and the grail stories appeared in this French prose cycle together for the first time; scholars explore its social, historical, literary and manuscript contexts and account for its enduring interest.
Joseph J. Duggan begins with an introduction that sets Chrétien within the social and intellectual currents of his time. He then organizes the book in chapters that focus on major issues in Chrétien’s romances rather than on individual works, topics that range from the importance of kinship and genealogy to standards of secular moral responsibility and from Chrétien’s art of narration to his representation of knighthood. Duggan offers new perspectives on many of these themes: in a chapter on the influence of Celtic mythology, for example, he gives special attention to the ways Chrétien integrated portrayals of motivation with mythic themes and characters, and in discussing the Grail romance, he explores the parallels between Perceval’s and Gauvain’s adventures.
A comprehensive bibliography covering the most productive period to date, 1991 - 2002, of scholarship on the work of Christine de Pizan. Includes indexes.
Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium (Johns Hopkins University) - The goal of the Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the works by this author. We currently have digital surrogates of 56 of her works’ manuscripts, which represent the collection held at the BnF consortium, and our collection continues to grow. You can explore these manuscripts using our IIIF viewer.
Le Roman de la Rose (Johns Hopkins) - The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the 13th-century poem Roman de la Rose. We currently have digital surrogates of more than 130 Roman de la Rose manuscripts, and our collection continues to grow. These manuscripts can be explored using our IIIF viewer.
Reading the Roman de la Rose - Renaissance - ((Margot Project - University of Waterloo) "One of the most consistent and significant features of literary defences of women composed between 1440 and 1538 is their engagement with Jean de Meun’s portion of Le Roman de la rose (...) in order to express opposition to the author’s alleged misogyny, lewd sexuality, and immoral use of language. In the varied and imaginative nature of these engagements, we find arguably the most dynamic literary activity of the querelle, from juridical fictions constructed to put on trial Jean de Meun himself (often alongside his supposed misogynist counterpart, Matheolus), to detailed blow-by-blow refutations of the Rose’s arguments, to inventive transformations of characters or episodes featured in the Rose that are designed to recuperate its fallen poetics."
Publication Date: Place of publication not identified: Ligaran, 2014
Société FrançoisVillon. An information center on studies relating to Villon with more than 500 links, to announce research and presentations, to follow electronic and paper publications, and to explore the historical, cultural and artistic contexts in which Villon wrote