Medieval French literature encompasses 450 years of literary output in Old and Middle French, mostly produced in Northern France and England. These texts, including courtly lyrics, prose and verse romances, dits amoureux and plays, proved hugely influential for other European literary traditions in the medieval period and beyond. This Companion offers a wide-ranging and stimulating guide to literature composed in medieval French from its beginnings in the ninth century until the Renaissance. The essays are grounded in detailed analysis of canonical texts and authors such as the Chanson de Roland, the Roman de la Rose, Villon's Testament, Chretien de Troyes, Machaut, Christine de Pisan and the Tristan romances. Featuring a chronology and suggestions for further reading, this is the ideal companion for students and scholars in other fields wishing to discover the riches of the French medieval tradition.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 162 x 18 mm
'One of the merits of these essays is that they can be read in any order. Each contributor presents the works or author under discussion clearly, assuming no great background knowledge on the part of the reader, a positive for a volume intended for university students. The essays succeed in introducing medieval French literature and some of the current debates in that discipline to the non-specialist. I recommend [this book] most strongly.' French Review
"This volume is an excellent reference, a helpful tool for students preparing exams and anyone embarking on research. The concise guide to reference works is a particularly useful feature of the appendices. One of the innovative features of the collection is the analysis of manuscripts and their illuminations which many of the authors include, offering a more holistic approach to the texts in terms of their presentation, reception, and consumption by contemporaries and late readers in the larger context of medieval society."
Arthuriana, Sarah-Grace Heller, The Ohio State University