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The anonymous Marie de France

Author: R Howard Bloch
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003.
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"This book offers a fundamental reconception of the person generally assumed to be the first woman writer in French, the author known as Marie de France. The Anonymous Marie de France is the first work to consider all of the writing ascribed to Marie, including her famous Lais, her 103 animal fables, and the earliest vernacular Saint Patrick's Purgatory." "Evidence about Marie de France's life is so meager that we  Read more...
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Named Person: Marie, de France; Marie, de France; Marie, de France; Marie, de France.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Howard Bloch
ISBN: 0226059685 9780226059686 0226059847 9780226059846
OCLC Number: 50669186
Description: xi, 367 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The word aventure and the adventure of words --If words could kill : the Lais and fatal speech --The voice in the tomb of the Lais --
Beastly talk : the Fables --
Changing places : the Fables and social mobility at the court of Henry II --
Marie's Fables and the rise of the monarchic state --
A medieval "best seller" --
Between fable and romance --
The Anglo-Norman conquest of Ireland and the colonization of the afterlife.
Responsibility: R. Howard Bloch.
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Offers a reconception of the person generally assumed to be the first woman writer in French, the woman referred to as Marie de France in contemporary times. This book considers almost all of the  Read more...

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"After eight centuries of tenebrous obscurity, France's first woman poet once again emerges into the light." - Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University"

 
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