Building the Text: Architecture as Metaphor in Late Medieval and Early Modern France

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Descriptions of imaginary buildings abound in late medieval and early modern texts in France. This book examines the reasons for their popularity and analyzes the way in which metaphors of the building were used by writers as a tools of persuasion. One such writer was Jean Lemaire (c.1473-after 1515) who used architectural metaphor both to praise his patrons and to advertise his own talents, while drawing on and transforming a tradition of writing popularized by his rhétoriqueur predecessors.
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University of Exeter
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Introduction
1. 'Il n'y a plus nobles logiz que sont cons': The Body as a Building (I)
2. 'Ung lieu de si grand seureté': The Body as a Building (II)
3. 'Ferme estoit sans povoir trebucher': The State as a Building
4. 'Colloquerons ceans le sien ymage': Architectural Metaphors for the Mind and Memory
5. 'Ce sont les huis et les cleres fenestres ...': The Text as a Building
6. 'Ung temple y a, plus beau ne vit oncq nulz': Fictions of the Building in Jean Lemaire de Belges Conclusion Appendix: A Checklist of Architectural Allegories of the Period 1460-1540
Bibliography Index

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