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Introduction

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226059686
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226059693 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0001
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This introductory chapter discusses the contents of this volume which is about the works and identity of Marie de France who is considered France's first woman poet. It suggests that the anonymity of Marie de France is not simply a matter of lack of attention to detail because the concept of authorship already existed at a high level of sophistication in the twelfth century. This chapter argues that the case of Marie de France is no different from any other case of authorial attribution where there is no sufficient documentation to reach a closure.

Keywords: Marie de France; woman poet; France; anonymity; authorship; authorial attribution

Chapter.  10860 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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