Medieval French Literary Culture Abroad

ISBN : 9780198832454

Jane Gilbert; Simon Gaunt; William Burgwinkle
288 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Feb 2020
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The monograph series Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture showcases the plurilingual and multicultural quality of medieval literature and actively seeks to promote research that not only focuses on the array of subjects medievalists now pursue in literature, theology, and philosophy, in social, political, jurisprudential, and intellectual history, the history of art, and the history of science but also that combines these subjects productively. It offers innovative studies on topics that may include, but are not limited to, manuscript and book history; languages and literatures of the global Middle Ages; race and the post-colonial; the digital humanities, media and performance; music; medicine; the history of affect and the emotions; the literature and practices of devotion; the theory and history of gender and sexuality, ecocriticism and the environment; theories of aesthetics; medievalism.

The field of medieval francophone literary culture outside France was for many years a minor and peripheral sub-field of medieval French literary studies (or, in the case of Anglo-Norman, of English studies). The past two decades, however, have seen a major reassessment of the use of French in England, in the Low Countries, in Italy, and in the eastern Mediterranean, and this impacts significantly upon the history of literature in French more generally. This book is the first to look at the question overall, rather than just at one region. It also takes a more sustained theorised approach than other studies, drawing particularly on Derrida and on Actor-Network Theory. It discusses a wide range of texts, some of which have hitherto been regarded as marginal to French literary history, and makes the case for this material being more central to the literary history of French than was allowed in more traditional approaches focused narrowly on 'France'. Many of the arguments in Medieval French Literary Culture Abroad are grounded in readings of texts in manuscript (rather than in modern critical editions), and sustained attention is paid throughout to manuscripts that were produced or travelled outside the kingdom of France.



1 Local French Outside France

2 Francophone Literary Culture on the Move: Northern Italy

3 Living History: Pierre de Langtoft and London, BL, Royal MS 20 A II

4 History, Time, and Empire: the Histoire ancienne in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem

5 The Movement of Books: Two Manuscript Studies

6 Dark Networks: Pre-histories, Post-histories and Imagined Geographies

Conclusion: Networks, Communities, Language, and the Writing of History: Medieval French Literary Culture Outside France

About the author: 

Jane Gilbert is Senior Lecturer in French at University College London. ; Simon Gaunt is Professor of French Language and Literature at King's College London and a Fellow of the British Academy. ; William Burgwinkle is Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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