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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This study has shown generic transformation and the emerging concepts of author as concurrent, intimately intertwined, and mutually influencing phenomena. Genre itself is an important subtext in all of the works addressed here, and provocative intergeneric play marks the creative manipulation of the pastourelles as an established poetic form. One can observe through its transformations the kinds of factors that play into the evolution and dynamic potential of literary categories. What that powerfully reveals, and what has remained true throughout the ages, is that genre responds to cultural conditions, and is a product of the infinitely complex and personal relationship between the artist, the text, and his or her social, historical, and literary moment.

Keywords: generic transformation; genre; pastourelles; poetic form; artist; text

Chapter.  1650 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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