A Handbook of the Troubadours

Front Cover
University of California Press, Nov 17, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 508 pages
2 Reviews
This book is a reference volume and a digest of more than a century of scholarly work on troubadour poetry. Written by leading scholars, it summarizes the current consensus on the various facets of troubadour studies.

Standing at the beginning of the history of modern European verse, the troubadours were the prime poets and composers of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in the South of France. No study of medieval literature is complete without an examination of the courtly love which is celebrated in the elaborately rhymed stanzas of troubadour verse, creations whose words and melodies were imitated by poets and musicians all over medieval Europe.

The words of about 2,500 troubadour songs have survived, along with 250 melodies, and all have come under intense scholarly scrutiny. This Handbook brings together the fruits of this scrutiny, giving teachers and students an overview of the fundamental issues in troubadour scholarship. All quotations are given in the original Old Occitan and in English. The editors provide a list of troubadour editions and an index, and each chapter includes a list of additional readings.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - ValerieMWilhiteR - LibraryThing

This is a standard reference book for students of medieval romance language literatures. It provides a starting point for those who would like to begin working on troubadour literature. It is a good ... Read full review

Contents

An Overview Why the Troubadours?
11
The Essentials
19
The Lyric Texts
21
Fin amor
61
Versification
101
Music
121
Accessory Texts
165
The Nonlyric Texts
167
The Iberian Peninsula
271
Italy
279
Italian Troubadours
295
General and Technical Considerations
305
Manuscripts
307
Translation
334
Language
349
Rhetoric
400

The Vidas and Razos
185
The Women Troubadours
199
The Trobairitz
201
Origins and Diffusion
235
Origins
237
Northern France
255
The Minnesingers
262
Topoi
421
Imagery and Vocabulary
441
Bibliography
467
Editions of the Troubadours and Related Works
475
CONTRIBUTORS
483
INDEX
487
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1995)

F.R.P. Akehurst is Professor of French at the University of Minnesota. He is the translator of The Coutumes de Beauvaisis of Philippe de Beaumanoir (1992). Judith M. Davis is Professor of French and Humanities at Goshen College.

Bibliographic information