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 present 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 certain, arguing profound literary recognition did exist on the time.
Cerquiglini-Toulet demanding situations the traditional methods of examining and comparing literature, contemplating medieval literature now not as cut loose that during different eras yet as a part of the wider culture of global literature. Her titanic and realized readings of either canonical and lesser-known works pose the most important questions about, between different issues, the proposal of otherness, the that means of swap and balance, and the connection of medieval literature with theology.
Part historical past of literature, half theoretical feedback, this publication reshapes the language and content material of medieval works. by means of weaving jointly subject matters resembling the beginning of epic and lyric poetry, Latin-French bilingualism, women’s writing, grammar, authorship, and extra, Cerquiglini-Toulet does not anything lower than redefine either philosophical and literary methods to medieval French literature. Her publication is a heritage of the literary act, a heritage of phrases, a heritage of principles and works―monuments instead of documents―that calls into query smooth thoughts of literature.
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1200–1259) copied and illuminated his Latin and Anglo-Norman works. Guillaume Alexis, who signed copies of some of the manuscripts of his abbey at Lyre [in HauteNormandie], was an author who would also succeed in print. Jean Joret, ofﬁcial scribe of Kings Charles VII and Louis XI, dedicated a poem of his own making about the alphabet, Le Jardin salutaire (1483), to Charles VIII in order to be retained in his service. The boundary between the escrivain-scribe and the escrivain-author was porous, but their statuses were different.
Knowledge and power resided ﬁrst in Greece. They went to Rome, then to France in a movement from east to west. And French texts show a desire for the movement to stop there and for this glory to remain in France. In the context of the Anglo-French war, there is more and more worry in the fourteenth century about seeing the translatio continue: seeing the power pass to England and the knowledge leave Paris for Oxford. Another possible element of the exordium is the idea of a progress of knowledge.
The formula introducing the list of works is most often “the one who wrote” (Cil qui ﬁt) or “I who wrote” (je qui ﬁs), or “the one who found” (cil qui trouva). 26 writing in the middle ages We also ﬁnd authors who quote themselves either openly or in a concealed manner within their work. Gautier d’Arras concludes his second romance, Ille et Galeron, by referring to his ﬁrst, Eracle. ). Christine de Pizan systematically practices this promotion of her work. But the presence of an author’s name is at times subject to manipulation by scribes.
A New History of Medieval French Literature by Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet