Geri L. Smith

in The Medieval French Pastourelle Tradition

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033365
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038889 | DOI:

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The overarching concept that guides this discussion is that both writer and text occupy a particular place in a specific cultural context, as products of and contributors to that environment. When Adam de la Halle, Jean Froissart, and Christine de Pizan chose to put the pastourelle to creative use, that decision was not made in a vacuum, and it was not without implications with respect to each author's literary enterprise as a whole. Within each writer's oeuvre and against the backdrop of his or her cultural moment, their manipulations of the pastourelle shed light on the phenomenon of generic development, on the writers as artists, and on evolving concepts of author and text at a dynamic time in literary and social history.

Keywords: Adam de la Halle; Jean Froissart; Christine de Pizan; pastourelle; author; text; writers; artists

Chapter.  6603 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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