The Futures of Medieval French
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21st May 2021

402 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

2 colour. 12 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Gallica

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

The Futures of Medieval French

Essays in Honour of Sarah Kay

Edited by Jane Gilbert and Miranda Griffin

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Essays on aspects of medieval French literature, celebrating the scholarship of Sarah Kay and her influence on the field.
Sarah Kay is one of the most influential medievalists of the past fifty years, making vital, theoretically informed interventions on material from early medieval chansons de geste, through troubadour lyric, to late medieval philosophy and poetry, in French, Occitan, Latin, and Italian. This volume in her honour is organised around her six major monographs, published between 1990 and 2017. Its essays engage in critical, constructive dialogue with different aspects of Kay's work, and envisage how these might shape medieval French as a discipline in coming years or decades. The subject matters demonstrate the richness of the discipline: animal studies, musicology, temporality, the material turn, medieval textuality, feminism, queer theory, voice, medieval and modern intellectual formations, psychoanalysis, philology, visual arts, transversal criticism, the literary object, affect, rhetoric, body, the past, modern responses to medieval forms and tropes, non-Christian texts and thought-patterns, politics. Reiterating Kay's engagement with medieval literature's complex philosophical debates and analytical scrutiny of human knowledge and affect, they follow her in emphasising how the pleasure of reading medieval literature depends crucially on that literature's intellectual robustness. These essays shed new light on a range of canonical and less well-known medieval texts and artefacts, to present a fresh perspective on the field of medieval studies.

JANE GILBERT is Senior Lecturer in French at University College London; MIRANDA GRIFFIN is University Lecturer in Medieval French at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Murray Edwards College.

Contributors: Christine Bourgeois, Susan Boynton, William Burgwinkle, Miriam Cabré, Simon Gaunt, Jane Gilbert, Virginie Greene, Miranda Griffin, RuthHarvey, Joseph R. Johnson, Sharon Kinoshita, Elizabeth Eva Leach, Sophie Marnette, Peggy McCracken, Deborah McGrady, Stephen Nichols, Emily Kate Price, Charlie Samuelson, James R. Simpson, Zrinka Stahuljak, Helen Swift, Simone Ventura, Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Nicolette Zeeman.
Introduction - Jane Gilbert and Miranda Griffin
Third Gender Solace - William Burgwinkle
Troubadour Selves under Debate - Miriam Cabré
'Je tiens ma personne morte': Subjectivity in Fifteenth-Century Courtly Poetry - Helen J. Swift
'He wishes that everyone were leprous like him': Infectious Counternarratives in Ami et Amile - Charlie Samuelson
Feminism-plus: Sarah Kay's The 'Chansons de geste' in the Age of Romance: Political Fictions and the 'Roman de' Waldef' - Jocelyn Wogan-Browne
Connected literature: Chansons de geste, Burgundian livres de gestes, and the Writing of Literary Theory Today - Zrinka Stahuljak
Finding Contradiction in Guiraut Riquier - Susan Boynton
At the Bleeding Edge of Courtly Love - Joseph R. Johnson
Logic, Meaning, and Imagination - Virginie Greene
Places of Thought: Environment, Perception, and Textual Identity in Medieval Vernacular Manuscripts - Stephen G. Nichols
The Disembodied Tongue; or, The Place of the Book in the Livre de la Cité des dames - Christine Bourgeois
The Place of Pain: Confronting the Trauma and Complexity of Kingship in the Political Dream Narrative - Deborah McGrady
Quoting Lyrics and Subjectivities in the Chastelaine de Vergy - Sophie Marnette
Troubadour Attachments - Emily Kate Price
Forms of Repetition: Sestinas in the Twenty-First Century - Simone Ventura
Between Skin(s), Between Faiths: Caesura, Animality and Comedy in Thirteenth-Century Christian-Jewish Relations - James R. Simpson
Rupturing Skin through the Power of Vox - Elizabeth Eva Leach
Sheep, Elephants, and Marco Polo's Devisement du monde - Sharon Kinoshita
Afterword - Simon Gaunt and Peggy McCracken
General Bibliography
Bibliography of work by Sarah Kay

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Title Details

21st May 2021

402 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

2 colour. 12 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Gallica

Imprint: D.S.Brewer