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La Bible d’Herman de Valenciennes et le problème du genre littéraire

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Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)53-103
JournalCritica del testo
Issue number1


  • Rachetta 2014

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The so-called Bible of Herman of Valenciennes is the most ancient and widespread verse rewriting of the Bible in Old French. It has been described in some recent contribution as a product of a hybridization of literary genres: the exploitation on religious contents of the system of formal marks typical of the chanson de geste. Aim of this contribution is to discuss the historical plausibility of this reconstruction with regard to both its consistency with Herman’s text and its largest implications. The case of the Bible will show some of the limits of the idea of literary genre as heuristic tool in a field, the religious narrative, historically and typologically crucial.

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