A Handbook of the Troubadours / Edition 1

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Overview


This book is a reference volume and a digest of more than a century of scholarly work on troubadour poetry. Written by leading scholars, it summarizes the current consensus on the various facets of troubadour studies.

Standing at the beginning of the history of modern European verse, the troubadours were the prime poets and composers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in the South of France. No study of medieval literature is complete without an examination of the courtly love which is celebrated in the elaborately rhymed stanzas of troubadour verse, creations whose words and melodies were imitated by poets and musicians all over medieval Europe.

The words of about 2,500 troubadour songs have survived, along with 250 melodies, and all have come under intense scholarly scrutiny. This Handbook brings together the fruits of this scrutiny, giving teachers and students an overview of the fundamental issues in troubadour scholarship. All quotations are given in the original Old Occitan and in English. The editors provide a list of troubadour editions and an index, and each chapter includes a list of additional readings.

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A text to be used in conjunction with one of the many collections of primary material in a college course on the troubadours, and a reference for students of medieval literature or history who keep finding troubadours wandering into their studies and must find out something about them. Some of the chapters present recent scholarly work, while others synthesize the core information and interpretations shared by troubadour specialists. Covers the essential and accessory texts, women troubadours, origins and diffusion, and general and technical considerations. Also lists editions of particular troubadours. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520079762
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/1995
  • Series: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 1,048,298
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author


F.R.P. Akehurst is Professor of French at the University of Minnesota. He is the translator of The Coutumes de Beauvaisis of Philippe de Beaumanoir (1992). Judith M. Davis is Professor of French and Humanities at Goshen College.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction F. R. P. Akehurst 1
1 An Overview: Why the Troubadous? 11
2 The Lyric Texts 21
3 Fin'amor 61
4 Versification 101
5 Music 121
6 The Non-lyric Texts 167
7 The Vidas and Razos 185
8 The Trobairitz 201
9 Origins 237
10 Northern France 255
11 The Minnesingers 262
12 The Iberian Peninsula 271
13 Italy 279
14 Italian Troubadours 295
15 Manuscripts 307
16 Translation 334
17 Language 349
18 Rhetoric 400
19 Topoi 421
20 Imagery and Vocabulary 441
21 Bibliography 467
Appendix: Editions of the Troubadours and Related Works 475
Contributors 483
Index 487
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