By Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet
Is it valid to conceive of and write a background of medieval French literature whilst the time period "literature" as we all know it this day didn't look till the very finish of the center a long time? during this novel creation to French literature of the interval, Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet says sure, arguing profound literary awareness did exist on the time.
Cerquiglini-Toulet demanding situations the normal methods of examining and comparing literature, contemplating medieval literature now not as break away that during different eras yet as a part of the wider culture of global literature. Her gigantic and discovered readings of either canonical and lesser-known works pose the most important questions about, between different issues, the idea of otherness, the that means of switch and balance, and the connection of medieval literature with theology.
Part heritage of literature, half theoretical feedback, this ebook reshapes the language and content material of medieval works. by means of weaving jointly themes resembling the starting place of epic and lyric poetry, Latin-French bilingualism, women’s writing, grammar, authorship, and extra, Cerquiglini-Toulet does not anything below redefine either philosophical and literary techniques to medieval French literature. Her e-book is a historical past of the literary act, a heritage of phrases, a historical past of rules and works―monuments instead of documents―that calls into query sleek recommendations of literature.
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For example, Jehan de Brie signs as “the good shepherd” (le bon berger) and writes Le vray régime et gouvernement des Bergers et Bergères (The True Regime and Government of the 20 Shepherds and Shepherdesses) for King Charles V. After having recalled the outline of the accessus and said that he would only answer part of them, he gives the title of his book: “And it will be called novelty”(Et sera appelé nouvelleté), a title that strictly speaking is not one. 6). The generality of the naming: “novelty” (nouvelleté) and the portemanteau word “foolosophy” contribute to the irony.
34 writing in the middle ages Interest in the Author in the Middle Ages Some great ﬁgures from Antiquity are seen as authorities, guarantors. In the domain of philosophy, ﬁrst and foremost there is Aristotle; “the” philosopher for the Middle Ages. For literature, the two names that come up the most often are Virgil and Ovid. Their lives are studied. Their works are commented on—most often in Latin—cited and even dreamt about. These great authors become characters in the medieval imaginary world.
M’entremis des lais assembler; ll. 43–44 and 47). Gautier d’Arras begins Eracle for the brother of Comte Henri I, dit le Libéral, of Champagne, Thibaut de Blois, whom he eulogizes, saying: “for him I have undertaken this work” (por lui ai jou ceste oevre emprise; l. 86). Later in the romance, he adds, “I did it thanks to him, I do not seek to deny it, and thanks also to the countess [Henri’s wife, Marie de Champagne]” (Par lui le ﬁs, nel quier noïer, / et par le contesse autressi; ll. 6526–6527).
A New History of Medieval French Literature by Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet