The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature / Edition 1

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval French Literature / Edition 1

by Simon Gaunt
     
 

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, Chretien de Troyes, Machaut, Christine de Pizan and

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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, Chretien de Troyes, Machaut, Christine de Pizan 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521679756
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/21/2008
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     vii
Notes on contributors     ix
Chronology     xii
Introduction   Simon Gaunt   Sarah Kay     1
What is a Medieval French Text?     19
The Chanson de Roland   Jane Gilbert     21
The Old French Vulgate cycle   Peggy McCracken     35
Le Roman de la rose   Noah D. Guynn     48
The Testament of Francois Villon   Adrian Armstrong     63
What is a Medieval French Author?     77
Chretien de Troyes   Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner     79
The Chatelain de Couci   Simon Gaunt     95
Guillaume de Machaut   Deborah McGrady     109
Christine de Pizan   Marilynn Desmond     123
What is the Value of Genre for Medieval French Literature?     137
Narrative genres   Keith Busby     139
Lyric poetry of the later Middle Ages   Jane H. M. Taylor     153
Genre, parody, and spectacle   Sarah Kay     167
Theatre and theatricality   Helen Solterer     181
How Can We Read Medieval French Literature Historically?     195
Feudalism andkingship   James R. Simpson     197
Clerks and laity   Emma Campbell     210
The marital and the sexual   William Burgwinkle     225
Others and alterity   Sylvia Huot     238
Reference works for Old and Middle French     251
Bibliography of medieval French texts     255
Suggested further reading     260
Index     269

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