By Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet,Sara L. Preisig
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 until eventually the very finish of the center a long time? during this novel advent 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 analyzing and comparing literature, contemplating medieval literature now not as become independent from that during different eras yet as a part of the wider culture of worldwide literature. Her massive and realized readings of either canonical and lesser-known works pose an important questions about, between different issues, the suggestion of otherness, the which means of switch 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. via weaving jointly subject matters equivalent to 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 booklet is a historical past of the literary act, a heritage of phrases, a heritage of rules and works?monuments instead of documents?that calls into query smooth recommendations of literature.
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