A companion to Guillaume de Machaut by Deborah McGrady, Jennifer Bain, Jeanette Patterson

By Deborah McGrady, Jennifer Bain, Jeanette Patterson

Supplying the 1st finished examine of Guillaume de Machaut's great corpus of textual content and track, the 18 essays during this assortment discover the author's engagement with the moral, political, and aesthetic matters of his time. development on interdisciplinary curiosity in Machaut, this assortment broadens dialogue of his paintings by way of exploring overlapping pursuits in his poetry and tune; addressing lesser-studied writings; delivering clean views on lyric, authorial voice, and function; and interesting extra significantly along with his reception via medieval bookmakers, glossy editors, and the tune undefined. the result's a promising map for destiny examine within the box that may be of curiosity to scholars and experts alike.

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As noted above, the I is not a freestanding subject but is fundamentally constituted in relation to other characters. This relational self-definition operates both within a given poem and across Machaut’s compositions,27 as well as between his dits and other, antecedent works, notably the Rose and 25 cf. Lechat’s discussion of the Prologue as the “point d’aboutissement de son œuvre,” “Dire par fiction,” p. 28. 26 Leach, Guillaume de Machaut, pp. 296–98. 27 The most famous instance of which is the revisitation of the scenario of the Jugement dou Roy de Behaingne in the Jugement dou Roy de Navarre, with the I as poet being thrust centre stage in the narrative from his position on the sidelines in the earlier poem.

1 Of all topics in Machaut criticism, that of “the poetic I” has exercised perhaps more fascination than any other over medieval literary scholars. 2 Two significant trends may be noted. 3 Such neglect has been more than redressed in the last quarter-century, not least in the light of Kevin Brownlee’s conclusion as to the diversity of expressive possibilities opened up 1 Ce qu’ay pensé, voulez que je le die, in Poésies lyriques, ed. Chichmaref, p. 646, lines 1–2. The ballade, present in Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, 5203 and Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Fr.

Colloque-table ronde organisé par l’Université de Reims (Reims, 19–22 avril 1978), eds. by Jacques Chailley et al. (Paris, 1982), pp. 241–52 and including Kevin Brownlee, Poetic Identity in Guillaume de Machaut (Madison, 1984); Jacqueline Cerquiglini, “Un engin si soutil”: Guillaume de Machaut et l’écriture au XIV e siècle (Geneva, 1985); Didier Lechat, “Dire par fiction”: métamorphoses du Je chez Guillaume de Machaut, Jean Froissart et Christine de Pizan (Paris, 2005); Laurence De Looze, PseudoAutobiography in the Fourteenth Century: Juan Riz, Guillaume de Machaut, Jean Froissart, and Geoffrey Chaucer (Gainesville, 1998); Sarah Kay, Place of Thought: The Complexity of One in Late Medieval French Didactic Poetry (Philadelphia, 2007); Deborah McGrady, Controlling Readers: Guillaume de Machaut and his Late Medieval Audience (Toronto, 2006); R.

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