By Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet
Is it valid to conceive of and write a heritage of medieval French literature while the time period "literature" as we all know it this present day didn't seem till the very finish of the center a while? during this novel creation to French literature of the interval, Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet says convinced, 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 worldwide literature. Her mammoth 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 historical past of literature, half theoretical feedback, this ebook reshapes the language and content material of medieval works. by way of weaving jointly issues equivalent to the foundation of epic and lyric poetry, Latin-French bilingualism, women’s writing, grammar, authorship, and extra, Cerquiglini-Toulet does not anything under redefine either philosophical and literary methods to medieval French literature. Her ebook is a heritage of the literary act, a historical past of phrases, a heritage of rules and works―monuments instead of documents―that calls into query sleek innovations of literature.
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Marie de France does this in the second part of her prologue to the Lais, where she is addressing King Henry II Plantagenet: “In your honor, noble king, you who are so valiant and courtly, . . I have undertaken to gather these lays” (En l’onur de vus, nobles reis, / ki tant estes pruz et curteis / . . / 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.
The song is born from joy or procures joy; the written text at the end of the Middle Ages can be said to be born from sadness. From the Command to the Dedication The command can be formulated indirectly. Thus we see the author offer his book in an often-formal dedication in hopes of gaining a material or symbolic proﬁt: “to acquire honor and prize” (pour acquérir honneur et prix). Marie de France does this in the second part of her prologue to the Lais, where she is addressing King Henry II Plantagenet: “In your honor, noble king, you who are so valiant and courtly, .
Le Mistère du Viel Testa- 32 writing in the middle ages ment (The Mystery of the Old Testament) evokes it. As a sign of his being chosen, Jacob changes his name after this encounter: he becomes Israel and starts to clocher, to limp. The Fictions of the Author The name gives permission. Great works in prose from the thirteenth century are placed under the authority of a ﬁctitious author’s name. The act that inscribes the work in comparison with those that precede it indicates this power of the name.