The Troubadours: An Introduction

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 330 pages
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The dazzling culture of the troubadours - the virtuosity of their songs, the subtlety of their exploration of love, and the glamorous international careers some troubadours enjoyed - fascinated contemporaries and had a lasting influence on European life and literature. Apart from the refined love songs for which the troubadours are renowned, the tradition includes political and satirical poetry, devotional lyrics and bawdy or zany poems. It is also in the troubadour song-books that the only substantial collection of medieval lyrics by women is preserved. This book offers a general introduction to the troubadours. Its sixteen newly-commissioned essays, written by leading scholars from Britain, the US, France, Italy and Spain, trace the historical development and setting of troubadour song, engage with the main trends in troubadour criticism, and examine the reception of troubadour poetry. Appendices offer an invaluable guide to the troubadours, to technical vocabulary, to research tools and to surviving manuscripts.
 

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Contents

Courtly culture in medieval Occitania
8
Finamor and the development of the courtly canso
28
Moral and satirical poetry
47
The early troubadours Guilhem IX to Bernart de Vent adorn
66
The classical period from Raimbaut dAurenga to Arnaut Daniel
83
The later troubadours
99
The trobairitz
113
Italian and Catalan troubadours
127
Desire and subjeetivity
212
Orality and writing the text of the troubadour poem
228
The chansonniers as books
246
Troubadour lyric and Old French narrative
263
Major troubadours
279
Occitan terms
292
Research tools and reference works
295
The chansonniers
303

Music and versification
141
Rhetoric and hermeneutics
164
Intertextuality and dialogism in the troubadours
181
The troubadours at play irony parody and burlesque
197

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