Dante and Fabre D’Olivet: The Pilgrim Romeo and the Construction of an Occitan <i>Chant Royal</i>

James W Thomas

in Dante in the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584628
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739095 | DOI:
Dante and Fabre D’Olivet: The Pilgrim Romeo and the Construction of an Occitan Chant Royal

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Whilst the influence of the medieval troubadours on Dante is well established, his subsequent reception in later Occitan literature is less widely known. This chapter addresses this imbalance by examining Dante's significance for a major figure in post-revolutionary Occitan culture, Antoine Fabre d'Olivet. Languedocian poet, mystical linguist, esoteric musicologist, and providentially minded theosophist, this bilingual cévenol Protestant is a unique character in early-nineteenth-century France. The chapter traces how Fabre reconstructs Dante's Romeo to negotiate his Occitan past and his role within the modern French state. This process involves three stages: an examination of prior reception of the Romeo legend in the Midi, consideration of another possibly influential contemporary publication (Les Poésies de Marguerite-Eleonore Clotilde de Surville), and a detailed analysis of the ‘Cant Rouyaû’ itself.

Keywords: Dante; Occitan literature; Antoine Fabre d'Olivet; Romeo

Chapter.  7475 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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