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Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Abroad

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Jane Gilbert, Simon Gaunt, William Burgwinkle

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages304
ISBN (Electronic)9780192568595, 9780191888823, 9780192568601
ISBN (Print)9780198832454
Published15 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameOxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture
PublisherOxford University Press

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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

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