Download e-book for iPad: A Short History of French Literature by Sarah Kay, Terence Cave, Malcolm Bowie

By Sarah Kay, Terence Cave, Malcolm Bowie

ISBN-10: 0198159315

ISBN-13: 9780198159315

During this lucid and cutting edge quantity, 3 distinctive students hint this background of French literature from its beginnings to the current day. From the oral, risky nameless works of the early center a while through the emergence of a print tradition within the Renaissance, via to the tried codification of genres and types within the 19th century and the innovative experimentation of the 20th, a brief heritage of French Literature demonstrates the realm value of French literature, and the extreme richness of its diversity. the 3 major elements of the amount conceal the center a while, the Early sleek interval, and the trendy interval, and supply wide-ranging, own, and unique assurance of significant writers and routine. Writing for the common reader up to for college kids, the authors diversity expertly among authors and their works, ancient occasions, and literary routine, delivering as a complete an authoritative and leading edge account of the heritage of French literature.

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The obverse of this process is the rise of the book which, as the performer reads from it, takes over the place of music as prop to the text. Successful writers of the later Middle Ages oversaw the copying, compilation, and illumination of their work. The expectation grows that such books will be read, as opposed to read from. Jakemes, author of the late thirteenth-century verse romance Romans dou castelain de Couci, devises an acrostic whereby the initial letters of the concluding lines spell out his name; Machaut and Froissart leave ingenious clues to where to find anagrams of their own and their lady’s names.

There are certainly medieval references to poets and works of which we now have no trace, and many of the early medieval texts which modern critics most admire survive in only single or lacunary manuscripts. Although the usual shape of a history is that of a narrative that advances forwards through time, the nature of the material in medieval literary history exposes the extent to which that is a fiction, since in composing it, we are in fact constantly drawing inferences backwards from textual remains that are always later, and often very much later, than the works they record.

The troubadours, for example, composed in a literary language now called Occitan (in recognition of their native oc), formerly referred to as ‘Provençal’, which seems to be a standardized form of the Limoges dialect; but they enjoyed careers in Spain, Portugal, northern Italy, northern France, and even overview of the period 23 England. Either audiences over a remarkably wide geographical area could understand troubadour songs, or they didn’t care if they couldn’t follow the words, and merely drank in the music and the glamour.

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