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By Virginie Green

Thirty-five years in the past Roland Barthes proclaimed the demise of the writer. For medievalists no dying has been extra well timed. In Medieval French Literature there aren't any Authors, basically authorsÂ--and enigmas. The essays during this quantity study either famous authorial figures corresponding to Guillaume de Lorris, Jean de Meun, Jean Froissart, Christine de Pizan, and lesser-known ones like Gerbert de Montreuil, Gautier de Coincy, Baudoin Butor, or David Aubert. This ebook will attract all people who are drawn to theoretical ways to authorship. For experts it grants an overview of present theoretical and methodological concerns in medieval experiences.

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In rereading the Second Continuation recently, I too found myself wondering if a different writer might be responsible for the opening series of short episodes that do not seem to know quite where they are headed. Perceval’s meeting with the lady at the Chessboard Castle is the first major scene in the continuation and generates a whole series of adventures, as Perceval pursues his quest of the lady’s favors. Later episodes seem to get better as they go along: they are more developed, get more out of the constituent elements, common matter and Chrétien matter.

Clerics should praise the Virgin instead of singing profane songs such as the pastourelles whose stock figures are quoted to express disdain. “De Tyebregon et d’Emmelot / Laissons ester les chançonnetes, / Car ne sont pas leurs chanchons netes” [Of Tyebregon and Emmelot / Let us not sing the ditties, / Because these songs are dirty] (324–326). Singing about “Maret” and “Maroye” will lead straight to hell (328–335). 21 Gautier calls on monks to leave aside “les chans qui rien ne valent” [the songs that are worthless] ( 363) and sing “les chans piteuz et doz / Et les conduis de Nostre Dame” [merciful and sweet songs / And conducti (sacred songs in Latin) of Our Lady] (366–367).

En cest livre volrai planter De lius en lius chançons noveles De Nostre Dame mout tres beles . . (17–20). [Before reading further, I want to sing. 26 If the Virgin gives him the courage, “Des floretes de mon prael, . . / Tout enflorer volrai cest livre . ” [With the flowers from my own meadow / I would like to embellish this whole book] (42 and 44).

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