Jean Froissart

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:
Jean Froissart

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Whereas Adam de la Halle shatters the lyric fantasy by forcing it to confront the concreteness of the stage, a century later, Jean Froissart inverted the process by using the pastourelle as an idealized poetic space in which to explore real-world issues. Froissart's pastourelles reflect an overarching interest, visible throughout his works, in constructing and promoting a social vision based on traditional aristocratic and chivalric ideals, and in preserving those values for his time and beyond. Intergeneric play and a strongly present authorial persona are characteristic of Froissart's oeuvre. Froissart's pastourelles are a privileged arena in which to observe his authorial practice, and they present a vivid case in point for the power of generic transformation as a form of literary expression.

Keywords: politics; patronage; chivalric ideal; Jean Froissart; pastourelle; Adam de la Halle; literary expression

Chapter.  23828 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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