Huot first investigates the nature of the vernacular book in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, analyzing organization, page layout, rubrication, and illumination in a series of manuscripts. She then describes the relationship between poetics and manuscript format in specific texts, including works by widely read medieval authors such as Guillaume de Lorris, Jean de Meun, and Guillaume de Machaut, as well as by lesser-known writers including Nicole de Margival and Watriquet de Couvin. Huot focuses on the writers' characteristic modifications of lyric poetics; their use of writing and performance as theme; their treatment of the poet as singer or writer; and of the lady as implied reader or listener; and the ways in which these features of the text were elaborated by scribes and illuminators. Her readings reveal how medieval poets and book-makers conceived their common project, and how they distinguished their respective roles.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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"A book of great importance. Huot has effectively redefined an entire field of study, and From Song to Book is going to stimulate a great deal of further innovative work. What makes the book really exceptional is that it also contains superb readings of a body of significant, closely related, and so far relatively unstudied courtly texts; and it incorporates the dynamics of the process of compilation and transmission into the study of the poetry itself better than any criticism I have seen."