Marie de France: A Critical Companion (Gallica) by Sharon Kinoshita,Peggy McCracken

By Sharon Kinoshita,Peggy McCracken

Marie de France is the writer of a few of the main influential and demanding works to outlive from the center a while; arguably best-known for her Lais, she additionally translated Aesop's Fables (the Ysopë), and wrote the Espurgatoire seint Patriz (St Patrick's Purgatory), in keeping with a Latin textual content. the purpose of this significant other is either to supply details on what may be gleaned of her life,and on her poetry, and to reconsider typical questions of interpretation, via issues with designated relevance to medieval literature and tradition. the diversity of views used highlights either the cohesion of Marie's oeuvre and the individuality of the person texts.
After situating her writings of their Anglo-Norman political, linguistic, and literary context, this quantity considers her remedy of questions of literary composition relating to the stream, transmission, and interpretation of her works. Her social and historic engagements are illuminated via the prominence of feudal vocabulary, whereas her illustration of flow throughout varied geographical and imaginary areas opens a window on plot building. Repetition and edition are regarded as a story procedure inside Marie's paintings, and as a cultural perform linking her texts to a community of twelfth-century textual traditions. the belief, at the posterity of her oeuvre, combines aconsideration of manuscript context with the ways that later authors rewrote Marie's works.

Sharon Kinoshita is Professor of Literature, college of California, Santa Cruz; Peggy McCracken is Professor of French, Women's stories, and Comparative Literature, collage of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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