A Companion to Marie de France

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Logan Whalen
BRILL, May 10, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 335 pages
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After nearly eight centuries and much research and writing on Marie de France, the only biographical information we know about her, with any degree of certainty, is that she was from France and wrote for the Anglo-Angevin court of Henry II. Yet Marie de France remains today one of the most prominent literary voices of the end of the 12th century and was the first woman of letters to write in French. The chapters in this book are composed by scholars who have specialized in Marie de France studies, in most cases for many years. Offering traditional views alongside new critical perspectives, the authors discuss many different aspects of her poetics. Contributors include: Logan E. Whalen, Emanuel J. Mickel, Jr., Roberta L. Krueger, Judith Rice Rothschild, Glyn S. Burgess, Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Charles Brucker, June Hall McCash, Rupert T. Pickens, and Keith Busby

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Chapter One The Prologues and the Epilogues of Marie de France
Chapter Two Marie de France and the Learned Tradition
Marie de France and Literary Traditions of Love in the Lais
Chapter Four Literary and SocioCultural Aspects of the Lais of Marie de France
Chapter Five Marie de France and the Anonymous Lays
Chapter Six Speaking Through Animals in Marie de Frances Lais and Fables
Chapter Seven Marie de France and the Fable Tradition
Chapter Eight The Fables of Marie de France and the Mirror of Princes
Chapter Nine Gendered Sanctity in Marie de Frances LEspurgatoire seint Patriz and La Vie seinte Audree
La Vie seinte Audree
Chapter Eleven The Manuscripts of Marie de France
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About the author (2011)

Logan E. Whalen, Ph.D. (2000) in French, University of Oklahoma, is Associate Professor of French at the University of Oklahoma. His publications include Marie de France and the Poetics of Memory (Catholic University of America Press, 2008).

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