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Author Huot, Sylvia, author.

Title From song to book : the poetics of writing in Old French lyric and lyrical narrative poetry / Sylvia Huot.

Publication Info. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987.


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Description 1 online resource (x, 372 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-364) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments / Huot, Sylvia -- Introduction -- Part One: On the Nature of the Book in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries -- Part Two: Lyricism and the Book in the Thirteenth Century -- Part Three: Lyricism and the Book in the Fourteenth Century -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: The Rubrication of Guillaume de Lorris in MS Bibl. Nat. fr. 378 -- Appendix B: Table of Miniatures in Selected Texts by Machaut, MSS Bibl. Nat. fr. 1584 and 1586 -- Appendix C : Excerpt from an Unedited Volume of Le Roman de Perceforest, MS Bibl. Nat. fr. 346 -- Bibliography of Works Cited -- Index
Summary As the visual representation of an essentially oral text, Sylvia Huot points out, the medieval illuminated manuscript has a theatrical, performative quality. She perceives the tension between implied oral performance and real visual artifact as a fundamental aspect of thirteenth- and fourteenth-century poetics. In this generously illustrated volume, Huot examines manuscript texts both from the performance-oriented lyric tradition of chanson courtoise, or courtly love lyric, and from the self-consciously literary tradition of Old French narrative poetry. She demonstrates that the evolution of the lyrical romance and dit, narrative poems which incorporate thematic and rhetorical elements of the lyric, was responsible for a progressive redefinition of lyric poetry as a written medium and the emergence of an explicitly written literary tradition uniting lyric and narrative poetics.Huot first investigates the nature of the vernacular book in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, analyzing organization, page layout, rubrication, and illumination in a series of manuscripts. She then describes the relationship between poetics and manuscript format in specific texts, including works by widely read medieval authors such as Guillaume de Lorris, Jean de Meun, and Guillaume de Machaut, as well as by lesser-known writers including Nicole de Margival and Watriquet de Couvin. Huot focuses on the writers' characteristic modifications of lyric poetics; their use of writing and performance as theme; their treatment of the poet as singer or writer; and of the lady as implied reader or listener; and the ways in which these features of the text were elaborated by scribes and illuminators. Her readings reveal how medieval poets and book-makers conceived their common project, and how they distinguished their respective roles.
Subject French poetry -- To 1500 -- History and criticism.
Songs, French -- History and criticism.
Narrative poetry, French -- History and criticism.
French poetry -- To 1500 -- Manuscripts.
Manuscripts, French -- History.
Books -- France -- History -- 400-1450.
Scriptoria -- France -- History.
Poetry -- Editing.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- France -- History.
Poésie française -- Avant 1500 -- Histoire et critique.
Chansons françaises -- Histoire et critique.
Poésie française -- Avant 1500 -- Manuscrits.
Livres -- France -- Histoire.
Scriptoriums -- France -- Histoire -- 500-1500 (Moyen Âge)
Poésie -- Éditions.
Manuscrits médiévaux -- France -- Histoire.
Poésie narrative française -- Histoire et critique.
Manuscrits français -- Histoire.
Books. (OCoLC)fst00836401
French poetry. (OCoLC)fst00934799
Manuscripts, French. (OCoLC)fst01008338
Manuscripts, Medieval. (OCoLC)fst01008422
Narrative poetry, French. (OCoLC)fst01033009
Poetry -- Editing. (OCoLC)fst01067713
Scriptoria. (OCoLC)fst01109404
Songs, French. (OCoLC)fst01126336
France. (OCoLC)fst01204289
Franse handschriften.
Chronological Term To 1500
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Manuscripts. (OCoLC)fst01424060
Other Form: Print version: Huot, Sylvia. From song to book. Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987 0801419220 (DLC) 87047547 (OCoLC)15629962
ISBN 9781501746673 (electronic bk.)
1501746677 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000066657547

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